lingua

noun
lin·​gua | \ ˈliŋ-gwə How to pronounce lingua (audio) \
plural linguae\ ˈliŋ-​ˌgwē How to pronounce lingua (audio) , -​ˌgwī \

Definition of lingua

: a tongue or an organ resembling a tongue

Examples of lingua in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For one thing, linguine — long, lithe, dinner-level satisfying — comes from the Italian word lingua, which means tongue. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Oct. 2021 Ubisoft consulted with native Welsh speakers, 13th-century Icelandic texts, and Gaelic scholars to create the game's lingua-scape. Save this story for later. Amy Briscoe, Wired, 21 Apr. 2021 Periwinkle snails infected with the trematode species Cryptocotyle lingua, for instance, eat significantly less algae along their Atlantic coast homes, because the parasite weakens their digestive tracts. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of lingua

circa 1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lingua

Latin — more at tongue

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The first known use of lingua was circa 1826

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“Lingua.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lingua. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for lingua

lingua

noun
lin·​gua | \ ˈliŋ-gwə How to pronounce lingua (audio) \
plural linguae\ -​ˌgwē How to pronounce lingua (audio) , -​ˌgwī How to pronounce lingua (audio) \

Medical Definition of lingua

: a tongue or an organ resembling a tongue in structure or function

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