noun, plural lyt·tas, lyt·tae [lit-ee] /ˈlɪt i/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -tas or -tae (-tiː)

a rodlike mass of cartilage beneath the tongue in the dog and other carnivores

Word Origin for lytta

C17: New Latin, from Greek lussa madness; in dogs, it was believed to be a cause of rabies
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