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tonguenoun

us   /tʌŋ/
  • tongue noun (MOUTH PART)

the movable part in the mouth that is used in tasting and swallowing food and, in people, in producing speech
  • tongue noun (LANGUAGE)

[C] a language: McAdam could speak the Eskimo tongue, too.
(Definition of tongue from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"tongue" in British English

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tonguenoun

uk   /tʌŋ/ us   /tʌŋ/
  • 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 (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.
(Definition of tongue from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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