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noun tongue pronunciation in British English /tʌŋ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the long soft piece of flesh fixed to the bottom of your mouth that you use for tasting, speaking etc
    I burnt my tongue on the hot coffee.
  2. 2
    [countable] mainly literary a language
    your native tongue: English was clearly not his native tongue.
    a foreign tongue: They were speaking in some foreign tongue.
    See also mother tongue
  3. 3
    [singular] a particular way of speaking or writing
    a sharp tongue (=a severe and unkind way of speaking to people): She has a rather sharp tongue.
    a silver tongue (=an ability to talk well and persuade people): I hope you’ve not allowed yourself to be persuaded by Laura’s silver tongue.
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] the tongue of an animal cooked and eaten as food
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  5. 6
    [singular] mainly literary something that looks like or moves like a tongue
    tongue of: a tongue of flame/fire



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