lin·​gua | \ ˈliŋ-gwə \
plural linguae\ ˈliŋ-​ˌgwē , -​ˌgwī \

Definition of lingua

: a tongue or an organ resembling a tongue

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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, "The World’s Parasites Are Going Extinct. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Thing," 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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lin·​gua | \ ˈliŋ-gwə \
plural linguae\ -​ˌgwē , -​ˌgwī \

Medical Definition of lingua

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

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to deny responsibility for

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