lingual

adjective

1
a
: 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
2
lingually adverb

Examples of lingual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To see what else snakes might be up to with all that lingual action, these biologists recorded snake tongues with four high-speed video cameras and reconstructed a 3D model of the tongue in motion. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 18 Nov. 2013 Initially, Hoffmann tries to use Kambazemi — an intelligent, multi-lingual Herero woman — as an example to disprove his professor’s racist evolutionary theories. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2023 Nafeesah Allen Contributing Writer Nafeesah Allen, Ph.D. is a multi-lingual author, independent researcher, editor, and contributing writer for various national online publications. Nafeesah Allen, House Beautiful, 8 Mar. 2023 Multi-lingual assistance is available. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 Working with a multi-lingual cast and crew. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 5 May 2022 This is coupled with the uniquely French flair in the form of luxury accommodations, service, multi-lingual crew and of course cuisine (think renowned Laduree macarons, the finest butter from Brittany and French wines). Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 4 June 2022 The inventors of BrainPort have put this lingual sensitivity to use, developing a device that converts visual stimuli into small electrical bursts on the tongue. Dana Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2014 The 1989 discovery of a Neanderthal hyoid, also known as the lingual bone, led to the suspicion that these species had the ability to speak. Donna Sarkar, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Latin lingua

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of lingual was in 1650

Dictionary Entries Near lingual

Cite this Entry

“Lingual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lingual. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

lingual

adjective
lin·​gual ˈliŋ-g(yə-)wəl How to pronounce lingual (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or resembling a tongue
2
: produced by the tongue
lingual sounds such as \t\ or \l\
lingually
adverb

Medical Definition

lingual

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