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  1. The fleshy organ in the mouth of mammals, used in tasting, and also, in man, for speech; a language; as, he spke in a broken tongue; discourse; the clapper or hammer of a bell; the strip of leather under the lacing of a shoe; the pole o a two-horse vehicle; the pin of a buckle; the point of a flame. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. Tongued. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. Lingua, the muscular structure in the mouth, attached to its floor; it is the organ of taste, an accessory organ of speech, and turns the food in the mouth, insalivating it, and passing it backward into the pharynx. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  4. The fleshy organ in the mouth, used in tasting, swallowing, and speech: power of speech: manner of speaking: speech: discourse: a language: anything like a tongue in shape: the catch of a buckle: the pointer of a balance: a point of land. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Muscular organ in the mouth used in speech and tasting; speech; language; anything like a tongue; point of land. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. The organ of speech and taste. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Something likened to the tongue of an animal, as a promotory, bell clapper, pin of a buckle, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Speech; utterance; a language. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The organ of taste in animals, and more especially of speech in man; speech; power of utterance; fluency of speech; mode of speaking a language; word or words; a people or nation; a point, as of a buckle; a projecting point of land; the taper part of anything. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To chide; to scold; to modify, as sound of a flute, with the tongue. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. To talk; to prate; to use the tongue in modifying sounds. To hold the tongue, to be silent. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. The chief instr. of speech, and the organ of taste; speech; discourse; power of speech; a language; anything resembling a tongue in its shaps, use, or situation; the projection on the end of side of a board which fits into a groove; the clapper of a bell. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. To chide; to scold; to talk or prate much. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. An organ on the floor of the mouth, usually movable and protrusible ; any tongue-like structure, as a radula, a ligula. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  15. [Anglo-Saxon] An organ on the floor of the mouth, usually movable and protrusible; any tongue-like structure, as a radula, a ligula (biol.). na
  16. Speech; words or declarations only; -- opposed to thoughts or actions. mso.anu.edu.au
  17. Speech; words or declarations only; opposed to thoughts or actions. dictgcide_fs
  18. tung, n. the fleshy organ in the mouth, used in tasting, swallowing, and speech: power of speech: manner of speaking: speech: discourse: a language: anything like a tongue in shape: the catch of a buckle: the pointer of a balance: a point of land.--adjs. TONGUED, having a tongue.; TONGUE'LESS, having no tongue.--n. TONGUE'LET, a little tongue.--p.adj. TONGUE'-SHAPED, shaped like a tongue: (bot.) linear and fleshy and blunt at the point, as a leaf.--n. TONGUE'STER, a babbler.--adjs. TONGUE'-TIED, -TACKED, having an impediment, as if the tongue were tied: unable to speak freely.--n. TONGUE'-WORK, babble, chatter.--HOLD ONE'S TONGUE (see HOLD). [A.S. tunge; Ice. tunga, Ger. zunge, the tongue; L. lingua (old form dingua).] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. [Latin] An organ which subserves the sense of taste and assists in mastication and deglutition. It consists of a framework of muscles (see Table of Muscles) covered with a mucous membrane resembling the skin in structure, and consisting of a corium, a layer of papillae, and a superficial epithelium. The papillae are the circumvallate (about ten in number), at the base of the t., the fungiform (club-shaped), on the tip, sides, and front of the dorsum, and the filiform (conical), scattered all over the anterior part. Black t., glossophytia. Geographical t., see Geographical tongue. Strawberry t., a very red, swollen t. with enlarged papillae, such as is found in scarlet fever. na
  20. Fleshy muscular organ in the mouth, serving purposes of taste, mastication, swallowing, & (in man) of speech; this as article of food, as ox-, sheep\'s, reindeer\'s, t., smoked, rolled, t.; facuity of, tendency in, speech, as has a ready or fluent t., sharp, casustic, dangerous, long (talkative), t.; language of a nation &c., as the German t., one\'s mother t., gift of tt., power of speaking in unknown tt. esp. as miraculously conferred on early christians, confusion of tt. (Gen. xi. 1-9); thing like t. in shape (esp. tapering) or function, e.g. long low promontory, strip of leather closing gap in front of shoe, clapper of bell, pin of buckle, projecting edge of MATCH board, index of scale or balance, vibrating slip in reed of some musical instruments, jet of flame, pointed rail in railway-switch; find one\'s t., recover power of speech; give or throw t., (of hounds) bark esp. on finding scent; hold one\'s t., be silent; on the. TIP of one\'s t.; wag one\'s t., talk indiscreetly or volubly; t.-bit (with plate preventing horse from getting t. over mouthpiece); t.-bone, =HYOID; t.-tie, impediment in speech due to shortness of fraenum of t., t.-tied, having this, (fig.) debarred from speaking out. Hence tongued, tongueless, aa., tonguelet n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. Produce staccato &c. effects with (flute &c.) by use of tongue, use tongue thus; t. & groove, furnish (MATCH-board &c.) with tongue& groove. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  22. put, speak with, one\'s t. in one\'s cheek, speak ironically, humour one\'s hearer. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. A movable muscular organ on the floor of the mouth. American pocket medical dictionary.
  24. A muscular mass attached to the floor of the mouth and susceptible of protrusion from that cavity. It takes part in sucking, mastication, and articular speech, and the mucous membrane covering its upper surface is the seat of the organs of taste. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  25. n. [Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic, Gothic, Latin] A muscular organ attached by one end to the floor of the mouth, serving as the instrument of taste, and in man of articulation also ;-hence, speech; discourse; sometimes, fluency of speech;-a language; -words or declarations only;-a nation, as distinguished by language ;-a point ; a projection ; catch of a buckle; point of a balance;-a narrow strip, as of Iand stretching into the sea or a lake;-any tapering part or point. Cabinet Dictionary

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