from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that functions or is shaped like a tongue.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a tongue-shaped implement, specifically:
- n. a narrow tongue of land
- n. a tongue-like organ found on certain tunicates
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Anything resembling the tongue in form or office; specif., the slip of metal in an organ pipe which turns the current of air toward its mouth.
- n. That part of the hilt, in certain kinds of swords, which overlaps the scabbard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something in the shape of a little tongue.
- n. Specifically— A thin slip or tongue of metal placed to preserve the necessary space between the two blades of a comb-cutters, saw, the strip being of the thickness of the teeth required in the comb. Also called languid. E. H. Knight.
- n. On a sword-hilt, a small hinged piece of metal which turns down over the scabbard. Also called linguet.
- n. In music, same as languette, 2.
- n. In zoology, one of the series of little tongue-like or tentaculiform processes on a longitudinal ridge along the middle line of the pharyngeal cavity or branchial sac of an ascidiau.
- n. In entomology, same as languette, 3 .
Middle English, from Old French languete, diminutive of langue, tongue, from Latin lingua; see dn̥ghū- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French languete (modern languette), diminutive of langue ‘tongue’, from Latin lingua. (Wiktionary)