Origin of languet

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French languete, diminutive of langue tongue; see -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. rare anything resembling a tongue in shape or function

Word Origin for languet

C15: from Old French languette, diminutive of langue tongue
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Word Origin and History for languet

early 15c., literally "little tongue," from French languette, diminutive of langue "tongue," from Latin lingua (see lingual).

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