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- n. Beef tongue (a foodstuff).
- n. A flowering plant of the genus Picris, especially Picris echioides, the bristly oxtongue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A widespread European weed (Picris echioides formerly Helminthia echioides) with spiny tongue-shaped leaves and yellow flowers. The name is applied to several plants, from the shape and roughness of their leaves; as, Anchusa officinalis, a kind of bugloss, and Helminthia echioides, both European herbs. It has been naturalized in the U. S.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The tongue of an ox.
- n. One of several plants with rough tongue-shaped leaves, especially Picris (Helminthia) echioides, and the alkanet, Anchusa officinalis. Compare bugloss.
- n. A name sometimes given to the anlace, braquemart, and similar short broadswords.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. widespread European weed with spiny tongue-shaped leaves and yellow flowers; naturalized in United States
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“He wears, he wore a long surcoat with a pomegranate design, and a wreath of juniper and greenthorn and oxtongue.”
They should have given him a garland of the speckled leaves and stems of oxtongue, for falsehood.
To bezoar stone most subscribe, Manardus, and  many others; it takes away sadness, and makes him merry that useth it; I have seen some that have been much diseased with faintness, swooning, and melancholy, that taking the weight of three grains of this stone, in the water of oxtongue, have been cured.
The dogwood leaves are bright carmine, and the maple yellow as sulphur, the last flowers are out in the hedges, the pink cranesbill and the blue oxtongue which will hang on till after