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  • noun
    The fleshy muscular organ in the mouth of a mammal, used for tasting, licking, swallowing, and (in humans) articulating speech. (Swallowing, which is accomplished by muscle movements in the tongue and mouth, moves the food into the throat, or pharynx.)
    Used in reference to a person's style or manner of speaking. (he was a redoubtable debater with a caustic tongue)
    A strip of leather or fabric under the laces in a shoe, attached only at the front end. (Different models of the shoe had different pump systems, which were integrated into the tongue of the shoe.)
    The free-swinging metal piece inside a bell which is made to strike the bell to produce the sound.
    A long, low promontory of land. (Beneath the cries of curlews, low tongues of land balance precariously between sea and marsh.)
    A projecting strip on a wooden board fitting into a groove on another. (Then remove the board and spread carpenter's glue on the tongues and grooves of the new and old pieces.)
    The vibrating reed of a musical instrument or organ pipe.
    A jet of flame. (a tongue of flame flashes four feet from the gun)


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