a small, flavored tablet made from sugar or syrup, often medicated, originally diamond-shaped.
Geometry Now Rare. diamond(def 8).
  1. a diamond-shaped charge.
  2. a diamond-shaped shield bearing the arms of a woman.


Origin of lozenge

1300–50; Middle English losenge < Middle French, Old French, perhaps < Gaulish *lausa flat stone + -enge < Germanic -inga -ing3
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Also called: pastille, troche med a medicated tablet held in the mouth until it has dissolved
geometry another name for rhombus
heraldry a diamond-shaped charge

Word Origin for lozenge

C14: from Old French losange, of Gaulish origin; compare Vulgar Latin lausa flat stone
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Word Origin and History for lozenge

figure having four equal sides and two acute and two obtuse angles, early 14c., from Old French losenge "windowpane, small square cake," etc., used for many flat quadrilateral things (Modern French losange). It has cognates in Spanish losanje, Catalan llosange, Italian lozanga. Probably from a pre-Roman Celtic language, perhaps Iberian *lausa or Gaulish *lausa "flat stone" (cf. Provençal lausa, Spanish losa, Catalan llosa, Portuguese lousa "slab, tombstone"), from a pre-Celtic language.

Originally in English a term in heraldry; meaning "small cake or tablet (originally diamond-shaped) of medicine and sugar, etc., meant to be held in the mouth and dissolved" is from 1520s.

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Medicine definitions for lozenge




A small, medicated candy intended to be dissolved slowly in the mouth to lubricate and soothe irritated tissues of the throat.
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