• Fig. A.—Tongue of Butterfly
    Fig. A.—Tongue of Butterfly
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • vb. n Tonguing (Music) Modification of tone for a rapid staccato effect by the performer's tongue, in playing a wind instrument, as a flute. In single tonguing only one kind of stroke is used, the tongue articulating a rapid “t;” in double tonguing, two strokes, as for “t” and “k,” are alternated; in triple tonguing, “t, k, t,” etc.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tonguing-and-Grooving Plane Tonguing-and-Grooving Plane
60 Double tongue miter 60 Double tongue miter
THE BULLFROG IN ITS NATURAL SURROUNDINGS See Snake, Turtle and Dragonfly and notice the tongue of the frog. Habitat Group in Museum of Natural History THE BULLFROG IN ITS NATURAL SURROUNDINGS See Snake, Turtle and Dragonfly and notice the tongue of the frog. Habitat...

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A giraffe is able to clean its ears with its own tongue
    • n tonguing The act or state of projecting like or as a tongue.
    • n tonguing In horticulture, a process intended to promote the rooting of layers. See the quotation.
    • n tonguing In playing on musical wind-instruments, the act, process, or result of modifying or interrupting the tone by means of a stroke of the tongue, so as to produce a marcato or staccato effect. Tonguing is termed single when but one kind of stroke is used, as if to produce the consonant t over and over; double, when two strokes are used in alternation, as if to produce t and k alternately; triple, when three strokes are used; etc. Single tonguing only is applicable in instruments with a reed, like the oboe and the clarinet, and then operates like the “percussion” sometimes introduced into the harmonium, while double and triple tonguing are applicable to the flute, the trumpet, etc.
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  • Giuseppe Garibaldi
    Giuseppe Garibaldi
    “Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.”
  • Tennessee Williams
    “The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Conversation is an exercise of the mind; gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue.”
  • Proverb
    “To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “The eyes those silent tongues of love.”
  • Francis Quarles
    “Heaven finds an ear when sinners find a tongue.”


A still tongue keeps a wise head - Wise people don't talk much.
Bite your tongue - If you bite your tongue, you refrain from speaking because it is socially or otherwise better not to.
Cat got your tongue? - If someone asks if the cat has got your tongue, they want to know why you are not speaking when they think you should.
Hold your tongue - If you hold your tongue, you keep silent even though you want to speak.
On the tip of your tongue - If a word is on the tip of your tongue, you know you know the word, but you just can't quite remember it at the moment.
Slip of the tongue - If you say something accidentally, it is a slip of the tongue.
Speak with a forked tongue - To say one thing and mean another, to lie, to be two-faced
Tongue in cheek - If something is tongue in cheek, it isn't serious or meant to be taken seriously.
Tongue-lashing - If you give someone a tongue-lashing, you scold them.
Tongue-tied - If someone is tongue-tied, they are speechless or cannot say what they want, often through shyness or embarrassment.


In literature:

Smoked tongue will be found much better than either fresh or pickled tongues.
"The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking" by Helen Campbell
Now and then he gave tongue, until at last he came out on the other side.
"The Magic Speech Flower" by Melvin Hix
Norton frowned; a moment ago something happened in there to still men's tongues.
"The Bells of San Juan" by Jackson Gregory
I have not touched the sacrificial butter with my tongue, nor have I even cast a look upon it.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And thinking of Kichaka and licking with his tongue the corners of his mouth, Bhima, filled with wrath thus spake to that distressed lady.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The latter looked into the cup of the young lady and immediately her tongue began to rattle.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
Mrs. Duff, in her maternal capacity, was rather free both with her hands and tongue.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
She was thinking about the discussion anent tongues held by her mother and the two visitors.
"The Poor Little Rich Girl" by Eleanor Gates
His tongue was tipped with fire and his pen with vitriol.
"The Tysons" by May Sinclair
And do you hear, men, keep a still tongue, will you?
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
The sum of his episodic rambling on Brian's tongue was appalling.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
History says that he died of too much wine and a careless tongue.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
If I keep my tongue still, I do not talk myself into trouble.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
In a low tone and very modestly, with a slight brogue on his tongue he told of his adventures on the long, shore road to Michigan.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
I can not rule over an alien race whose tongue I can not speak, whose habits I know nothing of.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Clean and thoroughly wash head, removing tongue and brains.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
At that time Holmgang Bersi lived in Saurby at an abode called Tongue.
"Laxdæla Saga" by Anonymous
Hroar, the priest at Tongue, had her to wife.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
Jake swallowed the curses on his tongue and asked her in a constrained and unfamiliar voice what was wrong.
"Comrade Yetta" by Albert Edwards
Ay they that set these bywords a rolling had eyes and tongues, and tongues and eyes.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade

In poetry:

Jerusalem, should we forget,
We pray our hearts and tongues be still!
Jerusalem! Oh, may we yet
Worship upon thy holy hill.
"The Captives" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
No distinction does this reaper
Make—but reaps without delay;
Some of ev'ry tongue and nation
Have by him been swept away.
"The Reaper" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Where tongues were loud and hearts were light
I heard the Ancre flow;
Waking oft at the mid of night
I heard the Ancre flow.
"The Ancre at Hamel: Afterwards" by Edmund Blunden
But his voice rang like a trumpet;
His eyes looked bright and young;
And it seemed a mighty power
Was resting on his tongue.
"Church Building" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Eternal glories to the King
That brought us safely through;
Our tongues shall never cease to sing,
And endless praise renew.
"Hymn 53" by Isaac Watts
Methought I saw the fatal cord,
I saw him dragg'd along
I saw him seiz'd" She could no more,
For anguish stopp'd her tongue.
"A Ballad" by Jane Bowdler

In news:

Offering support on the tour is Upon A Burning Body, Volumes and Twitching Tongues.
He made science cool, turned bad hair good—and there's that tongue photo.
The band Paper Tongues swung by the WIXX Atrium for a special acoustic set today.
The ancient tongue of Ireland, alive and well in the Valley.
Sometimes dads are best served by biting their collective tongues.
The kind that form prickly clouds in your mouth and numb your tongue.
Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno are the pharmaceutical moguls/philanthropists whose real estate acquisitions got tongues wagging.
Author's Note: Written with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
When Richard Green started the Charlottesville Allstars in the 1970s, the name probably seemed tongue-in-cheek– he was young and well, green.
An Irish airline apologized Tuesday for forcing a Greek woman living in Ireland to complete a language test in her native tongue to demonstrate that her passport and nationality were genuine.
How many of the "Tart Tongue Tingling".
Two weeks ago, Lemak learned he has oral cancer at the base of his tongue.
Themes of life and love get a minimalist, yet updated, treatment in the one-acts 'Tongues' and 'Savage Love.
BUILDERS of Manhattan condominiums are rolling a new word off their tongues these days as readily as "luxury," the reigning favorite.
Let the words roll off your tongue.

In science:

First: to say these two words ‘perfectly rigid’, so “trippingly off the tongue”, is to forget that within the theories of classical continuum physics, perfect rigidity is a very strong idealization—it violates central principles of these theories.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Fig. 3 – The synchronization tongue of the non-autonomous modified system under the external harmonic signal on the (ωd , ε) plane.
Generalized synchronization onset
The area of the period–2 regime (marked by the letter “B”) as well as the region of the chaotic oscillations (marked by “C”) inside the synchronization tongue are shown by the different colors.
Generalized synchronization onset
In this case the behavior of the modified system (and the response one, respectively) may be different qualitatively inside the synchronization tongue and outside it.
Generalized synchronization onset
One can see easily, that the behavior of the response system differs essentially inside and outside the synchronization tongue of the modified system.
Generalized synchronization onset
Therefore, for the considered coupled R¨ossler systems the GS regime starts being destroyed with the growth (inside the synchronization tongue) of the ε parameter.
Generalized synchronization onset
Therefore, this synchronization tongue on the (ωd , ε) plane has only the qualitative character allowing to explain the mechanisms resulting in the GS onset features.
Generalized synchronization onset
Inside the synchronization tongue the GS onset may be shifted towards the large values of the coupling strength if the external influence excites the proper chaotic dynamics inside the area of the main frequencies entrainment.
Generalized synchronization onset
The green ‘tongues’ to the left of the hot central region are trail of gas stripped from galaxies that have entered the virial radius and moved through the hot gas.
Is AGN feedback necessary to form red elliptical galaxies?
In front of these ‘tongues’ strong shocks (red) due the galaxies’ supersonic motions are clearly visible.
Is AGN feedback necessary to form red elliptical galaxies?
However, a CO survey (Dame et al. 2001) shows a tongue of CO emission that crosses the line of sight to the pulsar.
Precision Astrometry with the Very Long Baseline Array: Parallaxes and Proper Motions for 14 Pulsars
Arnol’d or mode-locked tongues consisting of ‘interlocking’ bubbles and open regions of multistability, nonsmooth bifurcations, and strange nonchaotic attractors.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
Hill’s equation with quasi-periodic forcing: resonance tongues, instability pockets and global phenomena.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
Periodic forcing of a limit-cycle oscillator: Fixed points, Arnold tongues, and the global organization of bifurcations.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
The two main polarities have typically some tongue shape during the emergence phase (L´opez Fuentes et al., 2000; Chandra et al., 2009; Luoni et al., 2011, see Figure 4 top left).
Solar filament eruptions and their physical role in triggering Coronal Mass Ejections