- a tongue-shaped organ, process, or tissue.
Origin of lingula
1655–65; < New Latin, Latin lingula, diminutive of lingua tongue; cf. ligula
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Examples from the Web for lingula
The name also, which originally was lingula, gives an idea of the form.
Another fossil characteristic of these ancient rocks is the Lingula.The World Before the Deluge
The Buglossus solea or soale plana & oculata as also the Lingula or small soale all in very great plentie.Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk
The genus Lingula (Mollusca) has also come down from remotest ages, having outlived all its earlier associates.Geology
The ancient Lingula, along with Crania and Orbiculoidea, occur among the inarticulate forms.
- Any of several tongue-shaped processes.
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