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Noun tongue has 8 senses
  1. tongue, lingua, glossa, clapper - a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity
    --1 is a kind of organ; articulator
    --1 is a part of
     mouth, oral cavity, oral fissure, rima oris; throat, pharynx
    --1 has parts: tastebud, taste bud, gustatory organ
    Derived forms: verb tongue2, verb tongue1
  2. natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
    --2 is a kind of language, linguistic communication
    --2 has particulars:
     mother tongue, maternal language, first language; tone language, tonal language; creole; Amerind, Amerindian language, American-Indian language, American Indian, Indian; Eskimo-Aleut, Eskimo-Aleut language; Sino-Tibetan, Sino-Tibetan language; Austro-Asiatic, Munda-Mon-Khmer; Austronesian, Austronesian language; Papuan, Papuan language; Khoisan, Khoisan language; Indo-European, Indo-European language, Indo-Hittite; Ural-Altaic; Basque; Elamitic, Elamite, Susian; Kassite, Cassite; Caucasian, Caucasian language; Dravidian, Dravidic, Dravidian language; Afroasiatic, Afro-Asiatic, Afroasiatic language, Afrasian, Afrasian language, Hamito-Semitic; Niger-Kordofanian, Niger-Kordofanian language; Nilo-Saharan, Nilo-Saharan language
  3. tongue, knife - any long thin projection that is transient; "tongues of flame licked at the walls"; "rifles exploded quick knives of fire into the dark"
    --3 is a kind of projection
  4. tongue - a manner of speaking; "he spoke with a thick tongue"; "she has a glib tongue"
    --4 is a kind of
    manner of speaking, speech, delivery
    --4 has particulars: sharp tongue
  5. spit, tongue - a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea
    --5 is a kind of cape, ness
    --5 has substances: sand
  6. tongue - the tongue of certain animals used as meat
    --6 is a kind of
    variety meat, organs
    --6 has particulars: beef tongue; calf's tongue
  7. tongue - the flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot
    --7 is a kind of
    --7 is a part of boot; shoe
  8. clapper, tongue - metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side
    --8 is a kind of striker
    --8 is a part of bell
Verb tongue has 2 senses
  1. tongue - articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments
    --1 is one way to
    play, spiel
    Derived form: noun tongue1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s something
  2. tongue - lick or explore with the tongue
    --2 is one way to
    lick, lap
    Derived form: noun tongue1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
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