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English noun: tongue

1. tongue (body) a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity


Synonymsclapper, glossa, lingua


Broader (hypernym)articulator, organ


Part holonymgustatory organ, taste bud, tastebud


Part meronymmouth, oral cavity, oral fissure, pharynx, rima oris, throat

2. tongue (communication) a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language


Synonymsnatural language


Broader (hypernym)language, linguistic communication


Narrower (hyponym)Afrasian, Afrasian language, Afro-Asiatic, Afroasiatic, Afroasiatic language, American Indian, American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, Austro-Asiatic, Austro-Asiatic language, Austronesian, Austronesian language, Basque, Cassite, Caucasian, Caucasian language, Chukchi, Chukchi language, creole, Dravidian, Dravidian language, Dravidic, Elamite, Elamitic, Eskimo-Aleut, Eskimo-Aleut language, first language, Hamito-Semitic, Hmong, Hmong language, Indian, Indo-European, Indo-European language, Indo-Hittite, Kassite, Khoisan, Khoisan language, maternal language, Miao, mother tongue, Munda-Mon-Khmer, Niger-Kordofanian, Niger-Kordofanian language, Nilo-Saharan, Nilo-Saharan language, Papuan, Papuan language, Sino-Tibetan, Sino-Tibetan language, Susian, tonal language, tone language, Ural-Altaic


Antonymsartificial language

3. tongue (shape) any long thin projection that is transient


SamplesTongues of flame licked at the walls.
Rifles exploded quick knives of fire into the dark.


Synonymsknife


Broader (hypernym)projection

4. tongue (communication) a manner of speaking


SamplesHe spoke with a thick tongue.
She has a glib tongue.


Broader (hypernym)delivery, manner of speaking, speech


Narrower (hyponym)sharp tongue

5. tongue (object) a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea


Synonymsspit


Broader (hypernym)cape, ness


Substance holonymsand

6. tongue (food) the tongue of certain animals used as meat


Broader (hypernym)organs, variety meat


Narrower (hyponym)beef tongue, calf's tongue

7. tongue (artifact) the flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot


Broader (hypernym)flap


Part meronymboot, shoe

8. tongue (artifact) metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side


Synonymsclapper


Broader (hypernym)striker


Part meronymbell


English verb: tongue

1. tongue (creation) articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)play, spiel


Narrower (hyponym)double tongue, triple-tongue


Domain categorymusic, music

2. tongue (contact) lick or explore with the tongue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)lap, lick









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