• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Paraglossa păr`ȧ*glŏs"sȧ (Zoöl) One of a pair of small appendages of the lingua or labium of certain insects. See Illust. under Hymenoptera.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paraglossa One of a pair of appendages, right and left, of the ligula, placed usually on each side of the gloss; whence the name. In this nomenclature the appendages of the ligula are the single and median glossa, a pair paraglossæ, and the labial palpi. Paraglossæ occur in many insects of different orders; in some hymenopters they are long blade-like organs, acting as palps See lingula, and also cuts under mouth-part, Hymenoptera, and Insecta.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paraglossa par-a-glos′a one of the two appendages of the ligula in insects
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from Gr. para` beside + glw^ssa tongue
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. para, beside, glōssa, the tongue.


In literature:

Lacinia exteriores and interiores: in Apidae, the palpiger and paraglossa often used for the gales and lacinia of maxilla.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith