Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The opening between the vocal cords at the upper part of the larynx.
  • noun The vocal apparatus of the larynx.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In anat, the mouth of the windpipe; the opening at the top of the larynx; the chink, cleft, or fissure between the vocal cords.
  • noun The reed or tongue of certain ancient musical instruments.
  • noun In ornithology, an old name of the greenshank; subsequently taken as the specific name of the same, Totanus glottis; made by Koch in 1816 the generic name of the same, Glottis chloropus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) The opening from the pharynx into the larynx or into the trachea. See larynx.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy An organ of speech, located in the larynx, and consisting of the true vocal cords and the opening between them.

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

  • noun the vocal apparatus of the larynx; the true vocal folds and the space between them where the voice tone is generated

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek glōttis, from glōtta, glōssa, tongue.]

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From Ancient Greek γλῶττίς, γλῶσσίς glottis, "languet", derived from γλῶττα, γλῶσσα glotta / glossa, "tongue". Cognates include Latin gula.

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