lytta

lytta

[lit-uh]
noun, plural lyttas, lyttae [lit-ee] .
a long, worm-shaped cartilage in the tongue of the dog and other carnivorous animals.

Origin:
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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lytta (ˈlɪtə)
 
n , pl -tas, -tae
a rodlike mass of cartilage beneath the tongue in the dog and other carnivores
 
[C17: New Latin, from Greek lussa madness; in dogs, it was believed to be a cause of rabies]

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