Definitions

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 .

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The swords have a simple crossguard and most have a languet, a short central extension towards the blade that fits over the scabbard when sheathed.

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  • She awoke to the dulcetptwee-ptwerr of the iridescent-wingedsila languet, one of the most euphonious of all the inhabitants of New Riviera's takari forests.

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  • In addition to the arresting song of the sila languet, the crescendoingmutter-mutter of colusai climbers filtered in from outside.

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  • Post ejus interitum omnis nostra juventus languet, deliciis plus dedita quàm deceret: nec perinde, ac debuerat, in laudis et gloriae cupiditate versatur.

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  • Non iUis geneiis nexus, noti pignora curat Sed numero languet pietas,

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  • Ναι ■ vides, fi antmus languet, que nomiue iimplex τ lcnDendum videtur.

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  • ***** hic summa leni stringitur Thetis vento: nec languet aequor, viva sed quies ponti pictam phaselon adiuvante fert aura, sicut puellae lion amantis aestatem mota salubre purpura venit frigus. nec saeta longo quaerit in mari praedam, sed a cubili lectuloque iactatam spectatus alte lineam trahit piscis.

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