lin·​gual | \ ˈliŋ-gwəl also ˈliŋ-gyə-wəl How to pronounce lingual (audio) \

Definition of lingual

1a : of, relating to, or resembling the tongue
b : lying near or next to the tongue especially : relating to or being the surface of tooth next to the tongue
c : produced by the tongue

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Other Words from lingual

lingually adverb

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Detecting hate speech seems to be one of Facebook’s biggest challenges, according to the report, since there can be lingual nuances that artificial intelligence can not yet detect. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Facebook reveals how much abusive content it removes," 15 May 2018 Philosophical and lingual deconstruction is an attempt, conscious or otherwise, to avoid being held to any standard which one doesn’t want to follow or believe in. WSJ, "Feelings Are Fine, But a Consensus Is Divine," 8 May 2018 The charm is in the menu, packed with all sorts of Mexican delights, and the warm, multi-lingual-enough service. Beth Segal,, "Las Americas: Destination dining in the back of the store in Bedford Heights," 30 Mar. 2018 At Henn-Na, dinosaurs, cyborgs, and other multi-lingual A.I. creatures check you in and drop off your bags, while all food comes from vending machines. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Floating Bubble May Be Japan’s Wackiest Hotel Yet," 29 Mar. 2018 In a beautiful bit of lingual mirroring, Daniel Craig was her love interest. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "There’s Something Different About the New Lara Croft," 20 Mar. 2018 Pop star Teresa Teng, whose fame bridged political divides across China in the 1970s and 1980s, was renowned for her multi-lingual songbook and tear-jerking love ballads. Eli Meixler, Time, "Singing Sensation Teresa Teng Would Have Turned 65 Today. Here's What You Should Know About Her," 29 Jan. 2018 The coming-of-age romance centers on Elio (a super-smart, multi-lingual 17-year-old, played by Chalamet), who falls for his professor father’s visiting summer intern, graduate student Oliver (Hammer). Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Pop Shop Podcast: Director Luca Guadagnino on Music's Vital Role in 'Call Me by Your Name'," 12 Dec. 2017 The outlet mall, which attracts international visitors, encourages applications from multi-lingual speakers, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Chinese. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "More than 500 positions available Thursday at Sawgrass Mills job fair," 9 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lingual

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lingual

Latin lingua

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lin·​gual | \ ˈliŋ-g(yə-)wəl How to pronounce lingual (audio) \

Medical Definition of lingual

1 : of, relating to, or resembling the tongue
2 : lying near or next to the tongue a lingual blood vessel especially : relating to or being the surface of a tooth next to the tongue

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