glossa

noun
glos·​sa | \ ˈglä-sə How to pronounce glossa (audio) , ˈglȯ- \
plural glossae\ ˈglä-​ˌsē How to pronounce glossae (audio) , -​ˌsī , ˈglȯ-​ \ also glossas

Definition of glossa

: a tongue or lingual structure especially in an insect especially : the median distal lobe of the labium of an insect

First Known Use of glossa

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glossa

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek glôssa "tongue" — more at gloss entry 3

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The first known use of glossa was circa 1852

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“Glossa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glossa. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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