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lytta

[lit-uh] /ˈlɪt ə/
noun, plural lyttas, lyttae
[lit-ee] /ˈlɪt i/ (Show IPA)
1.
a long, worm-shaped cartilage in the tongue of the dog and other carnivorous animals.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Neo-Latin < Greek lýtta, Attic form of lýssa rage, rabies; so named because the cartilage was thought to be a parasite causing rabies
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British Dictionary definitions for lytta

lytta

/ˈlɪtə/
noun (pl) -tas, -tae (-tiː)
1.
a rodlike mass of cartilage beneath the tongue in the dog and other carnivores
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, from Greek lussa madness; in dogs, it was believed to be a cause of rabies
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