from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several tongue-shaped bony structures, especially that which forms the anterior border of the mandibular foramen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tonguelike process or part.
  • n. Any one of numerous species of brachiopod shells belonging to the genus Lingula, and related genera. See Brachiopoda, and Illustration in Appendix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little tongue or tongue-like part or process; a ligula.
  • n. In zoology: [capitalized] The typical genus of Lingulidæ.
  • n. Pl. lingulas (-läz). Any species of the genus Lingula or family Lingulidæ; a lingulid or tongue-shell.


From Latin lingula ("small tongue"), from lingua ("tongue") + -ula (diminutive suffix). (Wiktionary)



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