Old French languete (modern languette), diminutive of langue ‘tongue’, from Latin lingua.


  • IPA: /'læŋgwɪt/



  1. a tongue-shaped implement, specifically:
    1. a narrow blade on the edge of a spade or shovel
    2. a piece of metal on a sword-hilt which overhangs the scabbard
    3. a flat plate in the pipe of an organ
      • 1973: If there is music for this it’s windy strings and reed sections standing in bright shirt fronts and black ties all along the beach, a robed organist by the breakwater—itself broken, crusted with tides—whose languets and flues gather and shape the resident spooks here — Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
  2. (archaic) a narrow tongue of land
  3. (zoology) a tongue-like organ found on certain tunicates

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