glosso-, gloss-, -glossa, -glossia

(Greek: tongue; language, speech)

The human tongue is only a few inches from the brain, but they seem to be miles apart when you listen to some people talk.

An excessively large tongue.
A black tongue, or a medical condition in which the tongue turns black.

This condition is usually caused by a bacterial infection or an allergic reaction.

An undersized tongue.
1. A variety of orchid that grows on other plants and is widely cultivated for its clusters of brightly colored flowers. Native to: mountainous areas from Bolivia to Mexico.
2. Etymology: from modern Latin, "tooth tongue"; from Greek odont-, "tooth" + glossa, "tongue"; based on the projection on the end of the flower, resembling a tooth.
Known as adder's tongue, or snake tongue, it is a genus of about 25-30 species of Ophioglossales in the family Ophioglossaceae, with a cosmopolitan but primarily tropical and subtropical distribution.

Adder's tongues are so-called because the spore-bearing stalk is thought to resemble a snake's tongue.

Having a thick tongue; applied to a group of lizards (Pachyglossae), including the iguanas and agamas.
Referring to an abnormal thickness of the tongue.
An abnormal thickness of the tongue.
A condition in which the tongue is thick.
Relating to the palate (roof of the mouth) and the tongue, or to the palatoglossus muscle (oral surface of the soft palate).
panglossian (adjective), more panglossian, most panglossian
1. A reference to being excessively and inappropriately optimistic: A panglossian belief or attitude is considered as being blindly or naively hopeful and confident about what will happen in the future.
2. Etymology: from Greek pan-, "all" + Greek glossa, literally, "tongue".
Swelling of the tongue; a hypertrophy (abnormal enlargement) of the tongue, usually congenital.
Inflammation of the muscles and connective tissues under the tongue.
Inflammation of the oral tissues under the tongue.
Inflammation of the tissues around the tongue.
Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "talk, speak, speech; words, language; tongue, etc.": cit-; clam-; dic-; fa-; -farious; glotto-; lalo-; linguo-; locu-; logo-; loqu-; mythico-; -ology; ora-; -phasia; -phemia; phon-; phras-; Quotes: Language,Part 1; Quotes: Language, Part 2; Quotes: Language, Part 3; serm-; tongue; voc-.