1. Anatomy. the usually movable organ in the floor of the mouth in humans and most vertebrates, functioning in eating, in tasting, and, in humans, in speaking.
2. Zoology. an analogous organ in invertebrate animals.
3. the tongue of an animal, as an ox, beef, or sheep, used for food, often prepared by smoking or pickling.
4. the human tongue as the organ of speech.
5. the faculty or power of speech.
6. speech or talk, especially mere glib or empty talk.
7. manner or character of speech.
8. the language of a particular people, region, or nation.
9. a dialect.
10.(in the Bible) a people or nation distinguished by its language.
11.tongues, speech, often incomprehensible, typically uttered during moments of religious ecstasy.
12.an object that resembles an animal's tongue in shape, position, or function.
13.a strip of leather or other material under the lacing or fastening of a shoe.
14.a piece of metal suspended inside a bell that strikes against the side producing a sound; clapper.
15.a vibrating reed or similar structure in a musical instrument, as in a clarinet, or in part of a musical instrument, as in an organ reed pipe.
16.the pole extending from a carriage or other vehicle between the animals drawing it.
17.a projecting strip along the centre of the edge or end of a board, for fitting into a groove in another board.
18.a narrow strip of land extending into a body of water; cape.
19.a section of ice projecting outward from the submerged part of an iceberg.
20.Machinery. a long, narrow projection on a machine.
21.that part of a rail road switch that is shifted to direct the wheels of a locomotive or car to one or the other track of a rail road.
22.the pin of a buckle, brooch, etc.
–verb (used with object)
23.to articulate (tones played on a clarinet, trumpet, etc.) by strokes of the tongue.
a.to cut a tongue on (a board).
b.to join or fit together by a tongue-and-groove joint.
25.to touch with the tongue.
26.to articulate or pronounce.
a.to reproach or scold.
b.to speak or utter.
–verb (used without object)
28.to tongue tones played on a clarinet, trumpet, etc.
29.to talk, especially idly or foolishly; chatter; prate.
30.to project like a tongue.
Kitty had heard of “langues de chat”
But when she was faced with reality,
She found some other cat had got her tongue.
haiku 18th October 2017
3 days ago