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Etymology

From Middle English from Old English tunge from Proto-Germanic *tungōn from Proto-Indo-European *dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s. Cognates include Latin lingua.

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Noun

Singular
tongue

Plural
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  1. The flexible muscular organ in the mouth that is used to move food around, for tasting and that is moved into various positions to modify the flow of air from the lungs in order to produce different sounds in speech.
  2. A language.
    He was speaking in his native tongue.
  3. In a shoe, the flap of material that goes between the laces and the foot, so called because it resembles a tongue in the mouth.
  4. (slang) Kissing involving the touching of both tongues, and/or licking
  5. Any large or long physical protrusion on an automotive, a machine part or any other part that fits into a long groove on another part.

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Verb

Infinitive
to tongue

Third person singular
tongues

Simple past
tongued

Past participle
-

Present participle
tonguing

to tongue (third-person singular simple present tongues, present participle tonguing, simple past and past participle tongued)
  1. (music) On a wind instrument, to articulate a note by starting the air with a tap of the tongue, as though by speaking a 'd' or 't' sound (alveolar plosive).

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