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This month's Greek word
  • bugloss  (any of several usually hairy Old World plants, especially in the genera Anchusa, Brunnera, and Echium, having blue or violet flowers)

  • diglossia  (a sociolinguistic situation in which complementary social functions are distributed between two different varieties of a language, a prestigious, formal, or high variety and a common, colloquial, or low variety, as in Italian, German, or Scottish English)

  • gloss  (a brief explanatory note or translation of a difficult or technical expression usually inserted in the margin or between lines of a text or manuscript; a collection of such notes; an extensive commentary, often accompanying a text or publication; a purposefully misleading interpretation or explanation)

  • glossa  (the tongue, a tonguelike structure in the labium of an insect)

  • glossal  (of or relating to the tongue)

  • glossary  (a list of difficult or specialized words with their definitions, often placed at the back of a book)

  • glossitis  (inflammation of the tongue)

  • glossography  (the compilation of glosses or glossaries)

  • glossolalia  (fabricated and nonmeaningful speech, especially such speech associated with a trance state or certain schizophrenic syndromes; an ecstatic utterance that is partly or wholly unintelligible to hearers)

  • glottis  (the opening between the vocal cords at the upper part of the larynx; the vocal apparatus of the larynx)

  • hypoglossal  (of or relating to the area under the tongue)

  • isogloss  (a geographic boundary line delimiting the area in which a given linguistic feature occurs)

Definitions are taken from:

The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition copyright Ā© 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Electronic version licensed from InfoSoft International, Inc. All rights reserved.

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. (30 Sep. 2006).

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