- a long, worm-shaped cartilage in the tongue of the dog and other carnivorous animals.
Origin of lytta
1595–1605; < New Latin < Greek lýtta, Attic form of lýssa rage, rabies; so named because the cartilage was thought to be a parasite causing rabies
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Examples from the Web for lytta
We come now to the tribe of blistering beetles, of which the best known is the Cantharides (Cantharis or Lytta).The Insect World
Species of Lytta abound, but no use is made of them, the Shoans having no real medicine prepared from the animal kingdom.The Highlands of Ethiopia
William Cornwallis Harris
Unwormed, un-wurmd′, adj. not wormed, not having had the worm or lytta under the tongue cut out—of a dog.
When the lytta, alias blister beetle, arrives, prepare to give a warm welcome to him and all of his kind.The Mayflower, January, 1905
- a rodlike mass of cartilage beneath the tongue in the dog and other carnivores
C17: New Latin, from Greek lussa madness; in dogs, it was believed to be a cause of rabies