from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thin cartilaginous strip on the underside of the tongue of certain carnivorous mammals, such as dogs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fibrous muscular band lying within the longitudinal axis of the tongue in many mammals, such as the dog.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fibrous and muscular band lying within the longitudinal axis of the tongue in many mammals, as the dog.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long vermiform rod of cartilage or fibrous tissue in the middle line and under surface of the tongue of a carnivore; the glossohyal of a carnivore; the so-called “worm” of a dog's tongue.
- n. [capitalized] A Fabrician genus of Coleoptera: same as Cantharis.
Latin, worm under a dog's tongue (said to cause madness), from Greek lussa, lutta, madness, rabies; see wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)