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noun, plural lin·guae [ling-gwee] /ˈlɪŋ gwi/.
  1. the tongue or a part like a tongue.
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Origin of lingua

1665–75; < Latin; akin to tongue

lapsus linguae

[lahp-soo s ling-gwahy; English lap-suh s ling-gwee]
noun Latin.
  1. a slip of the tongue.
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Related Words for linguae

tongue, lingua, palate

British Dictionary definitions for linguae

lapsus linguae

  1. a slip of the tongue
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Word Origin for lapsus linguae



noun plural -guae (-ɡwiː) anatomy
  1. the technical name for tongue
  2. any tongue-like structure
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Word Origin for lingua

C17: Latin
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linguae in Medicine


n. pl. lin•guae (-gwē′)
  1. The tongue.
  2. A tonguelike anatomical structure.
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