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tongue, lingua, glossa, clapper (noun)
a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity
natural language, tongue (noun)
a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
tongue, knife (noun)
any long thin projection that is transient
"tongues of flame licked at the walls"; "rifles exploded quick knives of fire into the dark"
a manner of speaking
"he spoke with a thick tongue"; "she has a glib tongue"
spit, tongue (noun)
a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea
the tongue of certain animals used as meat
the flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot
clapper, tongue (verb)
metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side
articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments
lick or explore with the tongue
The flexible muscular organ in the mouth that is used to move food around, for tasting and that is moved into various positions to modify the flow of air from the lungs in order to produce different sounds in speech.
In a shoe, the flap of material that goes between the laces and the foot, so called because it resembles a tongue in the mouth.
Any large or long physical protrusion on an automotive, a machine part or any other part that fits into a long groove on another part.
An individual point of flame from a fire.
On a wind instrument, to articulate a note by starting the air with a tap of the tongue, as though by speaking a 'd' or 't' sound (alveolar plosive).
to kiss involving the touching of both tongues, and/or licking.
To manipulate with the tongue.
The tongue is a muscular hydrostat on the floors of the mouths of most vertebrates which manipulates food for mastication. It is the primary organ of taste, as much of the upper surface of the tongue is covered in papillae and taste buds. It is sensitive and kept moist by saliva, and is richly supplied with nerves and blood vessels. In humans a secondary function of the tongue is phonetic articulation. The tongue also serves as a natural means of cleaning one's teeth. The ability to perceive different tastes is not localised in different parts of the tongue, as is widely believed. This error arose because of misinterpretation of some 19th-century research.