tongue [-s] n

OE tunge.

  1. Language; speech; verbal expression; mode of speaking.
  2. Fleshy, muscular organ in the mouth used to articulate speech sounds.
  3. Instrument of taste in the mouth.
  4. Clapper; ringer; thin piece of metal that hangs inside the center of a bell; vibrator that strikes the body of a bell and causes it to ring.
  5. Voice; [fig.] gurgling; bubbling noise; sound of water flowing over rocks.
  6. Thin, forked organ in the mouth of serpents, used as an instrument of tactile sensation.
  7. Power of speech; ability to communicate verbally.