noun, plural lin·guae [ling-gwee] /ˈlɪŋ gwi/.

the tongue or a part like a tongue.

Origin of lingua

1665–75; < Latin; akin to tongue

lapsus linguae

[lahp-soo s ling-gwahy; English lap-suh s ling-gwee]

noun Latin.

a slip of the tongue. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for linguae

tongue, lingua, palate

British Dictionary definitions for linguae

lapsus linguae


a slip of the tongue

Word Origin for lapsus linguae



noun plural -guae (-ɡwiː) anatomy

the technical name for tongue
any tongue-like structure

Word Origin for lingua

C17: Latin
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linguae in Medicine



n. pl. lin•guae (-gwē′)

The tongue.
A tonguelike anatomical structure.
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