• Fig. A.—Tongue of Butterfly
    Fig. A.—Tongue of Butterfly
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tongued having a manner of speaking as specified; often used in combination "golden-tongued","sharp-tongued"
    • adj tongued provided with or resembling a tongue; often used in combination "tongued shoes","tongued boards","toungued lightning","long-tongued"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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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...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The giraffe has a black tongue which is 14 inches long.
    • a Tongued Having a tongue. "Tongued like the night crow."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The tongues of chameleons are twice the length of their bodys.
    • tongued Possessed of a tongue; provided or furnished with a tongue, in any sense of that word: used chiefly in composition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The chameleon has a tongue that is 1.5 times the length of its body.
    • adjs Tongued having a tongue
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  • Proverb
    “To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue.”
  • Epictetus
    “Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “The tongue can paint what the eye can't see.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The only weapon that becomes sharper with constant use is the tongue.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.”
  • Josh Billings
    “The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tunge; Ice. tunga, Ger. zunge, the tongue; L. lingua (old form dingua).


In literature:

The face is flushed, the tongue dry and brown, and the patient may become delirious, especially during the night.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
And one description of the generation seeking signs was all but off the tip of my tongue.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
Her schoolmates rallied her on her silent tongue.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
Paul regarded the unnecessary use of unknown tongues in the assemblies of the Church, as a great nuisance.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
My pious father had a holy tongue; And he had searched the Scriptures to some purpose.
"Krindlesyke" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Alec's tongue was the more ready to express his thoughts.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
But you know your heart is better than your tongue.
"The Silent House" by Fergus Hume
Thus, in shaping the passage for the breath, the larynx, tongue, and palate, which can be placed at will, are employed.
"How to Sing" by Lilli Lehmann
Did the voice of Lurgha sound in Nodren's ear alone, or came it by the tongue of some man?
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
He, too, knew when to hold his tongue.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy

In poetry:

Sing to the Lord, ye distant lands,
Ye tribes of every tongue;
His new-discovered grace demands
A new and nobler song.
"Psalm 96" by Isaac Watts
"Oh, haud your tongue, my bonny boy,
For I winna be said nay;
But I will gang that bowr within,
Betide me weal or wae."
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of his grace!
"O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing" by Charles Wesley
Never shaken, save by accents
From a tongue that was not free,
As the modest blossom trembles
At the wooing of the bee.
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
And so the love that led him long
From golden scene to scene,
Within the sunset is a tongue
To tell him what has been.--
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
While strangers of all climes
Flock round from far and near,
And their own tongue, wherever born,
All with amazement hear.
"Above the Starry Spheres" by Augusta Treverorum

In news:

In Alaska, there are only three households in which the native tongue Kuskokwim still prevails.
A Rutherford-based vineyard manager said, tongue in cheek.
Beware the Senator Who Speaks With Forked Tongue.
Forked Tongue at the State Department.
West speaks with a forked tongue on the Arab Spring.
But progressives should bite their tongues.
Cedar Rapids-Cedar Rapids Kernel 's second baseman Kevin Moesquit is a man of many tongues.
"Extremely Spicy Duck Tongue in Nestle" at Lao You Ju.
Three men dig out the tongue of a trailer loaded with walnut logs that jackknifed at about 4:30 pm yesterday on westbound Interstate 70 near Stadium Boulevard.
Brutti ma buoni is an Italian meringue cookie that plays tricks on the tongue.
Like tongue–cow's tongue, to be more specific.
The chest is finished with a mitered and paneled lid and a tongue-and-groove bottom.
Local Legends is the tongue-in-cheek title of an excellent group show on view at Art From Scrap (302 E. Cota St.) through June 15.
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".

In science:

Obviously, the features of the GS onset location for the small mistuning of the control parameters may be defined by the system dynamics inside the synchronization tongue.
Generalized synchronization onset
The synchronization tongue of the non-autonomous modified system (7) on the (ωd ; ε) plane is shown in Fig. 3.
Generalized synchronization onset
In order to perform an accurate validation of the synchronization region given by the LLE (λmax < 0) method, we computed the main Arnol’d tongues boundaries with the more accurate numerical continuation methods such as AUTO [Doedel et al., 2009].
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
The detection of synchronization using the LLE (λmax < 0) gives only an Yes/No-type of information, without making any distinction between different tongues as this would require information about multistability.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
The region with λmax < 0 corresponds to synchronization; we recognize its underlying Arnol’d tongue structure.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?