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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The opening from the pharynx into the larynx or into the trachea. See larynx.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anat, the mouth of the windpipe; the opening at the top of the larynx; the chink, cleft, or fissure between the vocal cords.
  • n. The reed or tongue of certain ancient musical instruments.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


Greek glōttis, from glōtta, glōssa, tongue.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek γλῶττίς, γλῶσσίς glottis, "languet", derived from γλῶττα, γλῶσσα glotta / glossa, "tongue". Cognates include Latin gula. (Wiktionary)



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