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tongue

noun uk   /tʌŋ/ us  

tongue noun (MOUTH PART)

B1 [C] the large, soft piece of flesh in the mouth that you can move, and is used for tasting, speaking, etc.: I burned my tongue on some soup last night. [U] the tongue of an animal, used as food
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tongue noun (SHOE)

[C] a part of an object that is tongue-shaped, especially the piece of material that is under the laces in a shoe

tongue noun (LANGUAGE)

[C] literary a language: immigrants struggling to learn a foreign tongue an ancient tongue

tongue noun (STYLE OF EXPRESSION)

[S] a person's way of expressing their ideas and feelings: She is a prolific writer with critical views and a sharp (= severe and critical) tongue.
Translations of “tongue”
in Korean 혀…
in Arabic لِسان…
in French langue…
in Turkish dil, yenilebilir hayvan dili, dil eti…
in Italian lingua…
in Chinese (Traditional) 口腔部位, 舌頭, (用作食物的動物的)舌頭,口條…
in Russian язык, речь…
in Polish język, ozór, ozorek…
in Spanish lengua, idioma…
in Portuguese língua…
in German die Zunge, die Sprache…
in Catalan llengua…
in Japanese 舌…
in Chinese (Simplified) 口腔部位, 舌头, (用作食物的动物的)舌头,口条…
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