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.

Having a conspicuous (obvious) tongue; a reference to certain reptiles and insects.
The tip of the tongue.
Having the tongue finely notched along the sides, so as to have a featherlike appearance, as the toucans (fruit-eating birds of tropical America).
Congenital fissure or cleft of the tongue.
Situated under the tongue; sublingual.
In zoology, the genus consisting of the typical echidnas (Australian terrestrial anteaters; burrowers with long snouts and tongues).
Referring to the thyroid gland and tongue.
Having hollow lateral radula teeth (rows of small teeth) conveying poisonous secretion of salivary glands, as certain carnivorous marine gastropods.
1. A hairy condition of the tongue which is a benign side effect of some antibiotics; dark overgrowth of the papillae of the tongue.
2. A lengthening of the filiform papillae, producing an appearance as if the tongue were covered with hair.
Inflammation of the gingivae (the gums) and the tongue.
1. In psychic research, the alleged power of a person to communicate with others in a language which he/she has never learned.
2. The knowledge of a language which supposedly has never geen studied by certain people.
A paranormal phenomenon in which a person is able to speak a language that he or she could not have acquired by natural means.

An example would be a someone who speaks French fluently and like a native, but who has never studied French, never been to a French-speaking country, nor associated with French-speakers; would be considered to be an example of xenoglossy.

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-.