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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.


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


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


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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