lingual

[ ling-gwuh l ]
/ ˈlɪŋ gwəl /

adjective

of or relating to the tongue or some tonguelike part.
pertaining to languages.
Phonetics. articulated with the aid of the tongue, especially the tip of the tongue, as d, n, s, or r.

noun

Phonetics. a lingual sound.

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Origin of lingual

1350–1400; Middle English: tongue-shaped surgical instrument < Medieval Latin linguālis. See lingua, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM lingual

lin·gual·ly, adverbpre·lin·gual, adjectivepre·lin·gual·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for lingual

lingual
/ (ˈlɪŋɡwəl) /

adjective

anatomy of or relating to the tongue or a part or structure resembling a tongue
  1. rare of or relating to language or languages
  2. (in combination)polylingual
articulated with the tongue

noun

a lingual consonant, such as Scots (r)

Derived forms of lingual

lingually, adverb
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Medical definitions for lingual

lingual
[ lĭnggwəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to the tongue or any tonguelike part; glossal.
Next to or toward the tongue.
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