\lˈɪŋɡjuːə], \lˈɪŋɡjuːə], \l_ˈɪ_ŋ_ɡ_j_uː_ə]\
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By Princeton University
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Tongue. 1. A mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane, occupying the cavity of the mouth and forming part of its floor, constituting also by its posterior portion the anterior wall of the pharynx. The mucous membrane of its upper surface (dorsum), is marked by numerous projections or papillae (see papilla). The anterior extremity (apex or tip) is free, the posterior portion is attached to the hyoid bone. It is the organ of taste and assists in mastication, deglutition, and articulation. 2. One of a number of tongue-like anatomical structures. 3. Language.
By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop
By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D.
By Robley Dunglison