from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Anatomy The tongue.
- n. Zoology A tonguelike structure in the labium of an insect.
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- n. The tongue, or lingua, of an insect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The tongue, or lingua, of an insect. See hymenoptera.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, the tongue.
- n. In entomology, an appendage of the ligula, situated at its tip, which may be median and single or paired with a fellow, and may be placed between lateral paraglossæ. See cut under mouth-part.
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- n. a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity
And it is in this last sense that Christian writers have principally employed the word glossa, gloss, in connexion with Holy Writ.
In the course of time Greek grammarians, commenting on the works of Greek authors, used the word glossa to designate first a word of the text which needed some explanation, and next the explanation itself.
"glossa" and "tongue": corresponds to the united laciniae of right and left maxillae: see also elytral ligula.
Ekana tin apofasi na sou leo afto sta ellinika yiati ti glossa mas mitriki kai aftes tis glosses pou mathenoume meta einai ti kentriki ‘fleva’ na katalavanoume tin istoria mas kai ti sxesi pou exoume me to kosmo mas!
The flourishing of your Congregation will be guaranteed by fidelity to the Gospel lived "sine glossa" and to your Rule of Life, particularly an austere way of life and Gospel poverty practised consistently, with faithful love for the Church and the generous gift of yourselves to youth, especially the neediest and most disadvantaged.
Walafrid Strabo (809-849), student of Hrabanus Maurus and of Grimald, was a very learned man (even if not the author of the glossa ordinaria), teacher of Charles the Bald, and in the end abbot of Reichenau.
But Dahlbeck had been the semanticist who finally saw enough of the basic structure of the Nyarran glossa that he could know how to go about developing an Esperanto for the two races ....
Lingua spiralis: the spiral tongue of Lepidoptera: see glossa.
Median lobe: of labium in Odonata, is the partly divided glossa or ligula; probably corresponds to united glossa and paraglossae (Butler).
Flabellum: a fan: a leafed structure: the transparent lobe at the end of the glossa in bees: also used as = flagellum; q.v. Flabs: the lobes at the tip of the dipterous mouth: = labella; q.v. Flaccid: feeble: limber: lax.