tongue

Your tongue is the muscle in your mouth that you press against your teeth in order to speak, as well the home of your taste buds. What a useful member of the body!

Tongue supposedly came from the Latin word lingua, meaning "language," but you can't hear the similarity because we pronounce it TUNG, keeping the "ue" silent. A tongue can be anything shaped like your tongue. The flap of leather under your shoelaces is called a tongue, and so is the striker inside a bell. Tongue also means language, like the German tongue, or the Cajun tongue. As a verb, tongue means "lick," as in when the dog tongues your empty plate.

Definitions of tongue
  1. noun
    a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity
    synonyms: clapper, glossa, lingua
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    type of:
    organ
    a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function
    articulator
    a movable speech organ
  2. noun
    the tongue of certain animals used as meat
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    types:
    beef tongue
    the tongue of a cow eaten as meat
    calf's tongue
    the tongue of a calf eaten as meat
    type of:
    organs, variety meat
    edible viscera of a butchered animal
  3. verb
    lick or explore with the tongue
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    type of:
    lap, lick
    pass the tongue over
  4. verb
    articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments
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    types:
    double tongue, triple-tongue
    play fast notes on a wind instrument
    type of:
    play, spiel
    replay (as a melody)
  5. noun
    a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
    synonyms: natural language
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    artificial language
    a language that is deliberately created for a specific purpose
    types:
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    first language, maternal language, mother tongue
    one's native language; the language learned by children and passed from one generation to the next
    tonal language, tone language
    a language in which different tones distinguish different meanings
    creole
    a mother tongue that originates from contact between two languages
    American Indian, American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, Indian
    any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
    Eskimo-Aleut, Eskimo-Aleut language
    the family of languages that includes Eskimo and Aleut
    Chukchi, Chukchi language
    an indigenous and isolated language of unknown origin spoken by the Chukchi that is pronounced differently by men and women
    Sino-Tibetan, Sino-Tibetan language
    the family of tonal languages spoken in eastern Asia
    Austro-Asiatic, Austro-Asiatic language, Munda-Mon-Khmer
    a family of languages spoken in southern and southeastern Asia
    Hmong, Hmong language, Miao
    a language of uncertain affiliation spoken by the Hmong
    Austronesian, Austronesian language
    the family of languages spoken in Australia and Formosa and Malaysia and Polynesia
    Papuan, Papuan language
    any of the indigenous languages spoken in Papua New Guinea or New Britain or the Solomon Islands that are not Malayo-Polynesian languages
    Khoisan, Khoisan language
    a family of languages spoken in southern Africa
    Indo-European, Indo-European language, Indo-Hittite
    the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia
    Ural-Altaic
    a (postulated) group of languages including many of the indigenous languages of Russia (but not Russian)
    Basque
    the language of the Basque people; of no known relation to any other language
    Elamite, Elamitic, Susian
    an extinct ancient language of unknown affinities; spoken by the Elamites
    Cassite, Kassite
    an ancient language spoken by the Kassites
    Caucasian, Caucasian language
    a number of languages spoken in the Caucasus that are unrelated to languages spoken elsewhere
    Dravidian, Dravidian language, Dravidic
    a large family of languages spoken in south and central India and Sri Lanka
    Afrasian, Afrasian language, Afro-Asiatic, Afroasiatic, Afroasiatic language, Hamito-Semitic
    a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
    Niger-Kordofanian, Niger-Kordofanian language
    the family of languages that includes most of the languages spoken in Africa south of the Sahara; the majority of them are tonal languages but there are important exceptions (e.g., Swahili or Fula)
    Nilo-Saharan, Nilo-Saharan language
    a family of East African languages spoken by Nilotic peoples from the Sahara south to Kenya and Tanzania
    contour language
    a tone language that uses pitch changes
    register language
    a tone language that uses different voice registers
    Haitian Creole
    a creole language spoken by most Haitians; based on French and various African languages
    Algonquian, Algonquian language, Algonquin
    family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains
    Atakapa, Atakapan, Attacapa, Attacapan
    a language spoken by the Atakapa of the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas
    Athabascan, Athabaskan, Athapascan, Athapaskan, Athapaskan language
    a group of Amerindian languages (the name coined by an American anthropologist, Edward Sapir)
    Muskhogean, Muskhogean language, Muskogean, Muskogean language
    a family of North American Indian languages spoken in the southeastern United States
    Na-Dene
    a family of North American Indian languages
    Mosan
    a family of Amerindian languages spoken in Washington and British Columbia
    Caddo, Caddoan, Caddoan language
    a family of North American Indian languages spoken widely in the Midwest by the Caddo
    Iroquoian, Iroquoian language, Iroquois
    a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Iroquois
    Kechua, Kechuan, Quechua, Quechuan, Quechuan language
    the language of the Quechua which was spoken by the Incas
    Maracan language, Maraco
    the language spoken by the Maraco
    Tupi-Guarani, Tupi-Guarani language
    a family of South American Indian languages
    Arawak, Arawakan
    a family of South American Indian languages spoken in northeastern South America
    Carib, Caribbean language
    the family of languages spoken by the Carib
    Eskimo, Esquimau
    the language spoken by the Eskimo
    Aleut
    the language spoken by the Aleut
    Uto-Aztecan, Uto-Aztecan language
    a family of American Indian languages
    Maya, Mayan, Mayan language
    a family of American Indian languages spoken by Maya
    Siouan, Siouan language
    a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Sioux
    Tanoan, Tanoan language
    a family of North American Indian language spoken in southwestern United States
    Hoka, Hokan
    a family of Amerindian languages spoken in California
    Penutian
    a family of Amerindian language spoken in the great interior valley of California
    Altaic, Altaic language
    a group of related languages spoken in Asia and southeastern Europe
    Sinitic, Sinitic language
    a group of Sino-Tibetan languages
    Tibeto-Burman, Tibeto-Burman language
    a branch of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages spoken from Tibet to the Malay Peninsula
    Kadai, Kadai language, Kam-Tai
    a family of Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in southeastern Asia
    Munda
    a family of languages spoken by people scattered throughout central India
    Mon-Khmer
    a branch of the Austro-Asiatic languages
    Malayo-Polynesian, Polynesian
    the branch of the Austronesian languages spoken from Madagascar to the central Pacific
    Aboriginal Australian, Australian
    the Austronesian languages spoken by Australian aborigines
    Formosan
    the Austronesian languages spoken on Formosa
    Hottentot, Khoikhoi, Khoikhoin
    any of the Khoisan languages spoken by the pastoral people of Namibia and South Africa
    PIE, Proto-Indo European
    a prehistoric unrecorded language that was the ancestor of all Indo-European languages
    Albanian
    the Indo-European language spoken by the people of Albania
    Armenian, Armenian language
    the Indo-European language spoken predominantly in Armenia, but also in Azerbaijan
    Illyrian
    a minor and almost extinct branch of the Indo-European languages; spoken along the Dalmatian coast
    Thraco-Phrygian
    an extinct branch of the Indo-European language family thought by some to be related to Armenian
    Balto-Slavic, Balto-Slavic language, Balto-Slavonic
    a family of Indo-European languages including the Slavic and Baltic languages
    Germanic, Germanic language
    a branch of the Indo-European family of languages; members that are spoken currently fall into two major groups: Scandinavian and West Germanic
    Uralic, Uralic language
    a family of Ural-Altaic languages
    Celtic, Celtic language
    a branch of the Indo-European languages that (judging from inscriptions and place names) was spread widely over Europe in the pre-Christian era
    Italic, Italic language
    a branch of the Indo-European languages of which Latin is the chief representative
    Tocharian
    a branch of the Indo-European language family that originated in central Asia during the first millennium A.D.
    Indo-Iranian, Indo-Iranian language
    the branch of the Indo-European family of languages including the Indic and Iranian language groups
    Anatolian, Anatolian language
    an extinct branch of the Indo-European family of languages known from inscriptions and important in the reconstruction of Proto-Indo European
    Greek, Hellenic, Hellenic language
    the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages
    Chechen
    a northern Caucasian language spoken by the Chechen
    Circassian
    a northern Caucasian language spoken by the Circassian
    Georgian
    a southern Caucasian language with 3 million speakers and a long literary tradition
    Ubykh
    an extinct Caucasian language spoken exclusively in Turkey
    South Dravidian
    a Dravidian language spoken primarily in southern India
    South-Central Dravidian
    a Dravidian language spoken primarily in south central India
    Central Dravidian
    a Dravidian language spoken primarily in central India
    North Dravidian
    a Dravidian language spoken primarily in eastern India
    Chad, Chadic, Chadic language
    a family of Afroasiatic tonal languages (mostly two tones) spoken in the regions west and south of Lake Chad in north central Africa
    Semitic
    a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family
    Hamitic, Hamitic language
    a group of languages in northern Africa related to Semitic
    Egyptian
    the ancient and now extinct language of Egypt under the Pharaohs; written records date back to 3000 BC
    Berber
    a cluster of related dialects that were once the major language of northern Africa west of Egypt; now spoken mostly in Morocco
    Cushitic
    a group of languages spoken in Ethiopia and Somalia and northwestern Kenya and adjacent regions
    Omotic
    a group of related languages spoken in a valley of southern Ethiopia; closely related to Cushitic languages
    Kordofanian
    a group of languages spoken in the relatively small Kordofan area of the south Sudan
    Niger-Congo
    a family of African language spoken in west Africa
    Chari-Nile
    a group of Nilo-Saharan language spoken in parts of the Sudan and Zaire and Uganda and Tanzania
    Saharan
    a Nilo-Saharan language spoken in parts of Chad
    Songhai
    a Nilo-Saharan language spoken by the Songhai in Mali and Niger
    type of:
    language, linguistic communication
    a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols
  6. noun
    a manner of speaking
    “he spoke with a thick tongue
    “she has a glib tongue
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    sharp tongue
    a bitter or critical manner of speaking
    type of:
    delivery, manner of speaking, speech
    your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
  7. noun
    a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea
    synonyms: spit
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    cape, ness
    a strip of land projecting into a body of water
  8. noun
    the flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot
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    flap
    any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely
  9. noun
    metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side
    synonyms: clapper
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    striker
    the part of a mechanical device that strikes something
  10. noun
    any long thin projection that is transient
    tongues of flame licked at the walls”
    synonyms: knife
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    projection
    any solid convex shape that juts out from something
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