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Glossa \Glos"sa\, n.; pl. Gloss[ae]. [NL., fr. Gr. ? the tongue.] (Zo["o]l.) The tongue, or lingua, of an insect. See Hymenoptera.


n. (context zoology English) The tongue, or lingua, of an insect.

  1. n. a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity [syn: tongue, lingua, clapper]

  2. [also: glossae (pl)]


Glossa may refer to several things:

  • glossa (γλῶσσα), a Greek word meaning " tongue" or " language", used in several English words including gloss, glossary, glossitis, and others
  • Glossa (journal), a peer-reviewed academic journal of linguistics established as a competitor to Lingua
  • glossai (glossai hosei puros) - Apostles' marvelous gift of understanding of all the languages from the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost
  • glossa (music), a Spanish musical form, cultivated by Eduard Toldrà and others
  • Glossa Music, a Spanish music label
  • Glossa Ordinaria, a medieval scholarly Bible in which the text is surrounded by learned commentary
  • Glossai Greek plural (Γλῶσσαι), a glossary by Hesychius of AlexandriaGlossae sacrae, Latin plural "holy tongues", a book which is an interpolation to Hesychius' work of a later date than his own
  • Possible misspelling of Glosa (a constructed language)

Usage examples of "glossa".

If Agnes Herries ever stumbles on a glossa interlinearis there -will be civil war.