Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity

Etymologies

Greek glōssa, tongue.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And it is in this last sense that Christian writers have principally employed the word glossa, gloss, in connexion with Holy Writ.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • 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.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • "glossa" and "tongue": corresponds to the united laciniae of right and left maxillae: see also elytral ligula.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • 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!

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  • 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.

    Archive 2008-04-06

  • 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.

    The Early Middle Ages 500-1000

  • 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 ....

    Three Worlds To Conquer

  • Lingua spiralis: the spiral tongue of Lepidoptera: see glossa.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Median lobe: of labium in Odonata, is the partly divided glossa or ligula; probably corresponds to united glossa and paraglossae (Butler).

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • 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.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

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