noun, plural linguae [ling-gwee] .
the tongue or a part like a tongue.

1665–75; < Latin; akin to tongue Unabridged
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lingua (ˈlɪŋɡwə)
n , pl -guae
1.  the technical name for tongue
2.  any tongue-like structure
[C17: Latin]

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lingua lin·gua (lĭng'gwə)
n. pl. lin·guae (-gwē')

  1. The tongue.

  2. A tonguelike anatomical structure.

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