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[glos-uh, glaw-suh]
noun, plural glos·sae [glos-ee, glaw-see] /ˈglɒs i, ˈglɔ si/, glos·sas.
  1. Anatomy. the tongue.
  2. Entomology. one of a pair of median, sometimes fused lobes of the labium of an insect.
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Origin of glossa

First recorded in 1885–90, glossa is from the Greek word glôssa tongue


  1. Cape, a promontory in SW Albania.
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Examples from the Web for glossa

Historical Examples

  • The Glossa Ordinaria, as it is called, is the best known of these commentaries.

    On Prayer and The Contemplative Life

    St. Thomas Aquinas

  • The reference to the "glossa of Theotypas" is part of the fiction.

  • Dondeus says this interpretation is clearly proved by the authority of a glossa in the chapter: Ex litterarum.

  • Late in life he retired to his villa, and there in quiet worked on his great Glossa till he died.

  • On these place a new pot, pour into it some fornis mentioned above, called by the Romans glossa, otherwise gum arabic.

British Dictionary definitions for glossa


noun plural -sae (-siː) or -sas
  1. anatomy a technical word for the tongue
  2. a paired tonguelike lobe in the labium of an insect
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Derived Formsglossal, adjective
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glossa in Medicine


n. pl. glos•sas
  1. The tongue.
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