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.

Nearby words

  1. lingua franca,
  2. lingua geographica,
  3. lingua geral,
  4. lingua nigra,
  5. lingua plicata,
  6. lingual artery,
  7. lingual brace,
  8. lingual follicle,
  9. lingual goiter,
  10. lingual gyrus

Origin of lingual

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

Related formslin·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 Formslingually, adverb

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Word Origin and History for lingual

lingual

adj.

1640s, from Medieval Latin lingualis "of the tongue," from Latin lingua "tongue," also "speech, language," from Old Latin dingua, from PIE *dnghu- "tongue" (cf. Old English tunge, Gothic tuggo "tongue;" see tongue). Altered in Latin probably in part by association with lingere "to lick."

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Medicine 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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