One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Meat from the tongue of a cow.‘braised ox tongue’
- ‘A woman said the idea of cooking up ox tongue was revolting.’
- ‘Looking momentarily astonished, she suggests the confit of new season garlic with goat's cheese to start, followed by salted ox tongue - a dish I have assiduously avoided since school dinners.’
- ‘To serve, spoon some salad into a salad plate and arrange some ox tongue and ciabatta on top.’
- ‘The feet and trunk are of the greatest culinary interest: their flesh which is muscular and gelatinous resembles ox tongue.’
- ‘First came the 34-year-old chutney pickle, now a tin of South American ox tongue dating back to a Leeds wedding in 1949 has been unearthed.’
2An Old World plant of the daisy family with yellow dandelion-like flowers and prickly hairs on the stem and leaves.
Genus Picris, family Compositae
- ‘The ox tongue is in blossom during June and July; all the florets of the flower-heads, as in the dandelion, are of a rich golden yellow.’
- ‘Bristly ox tongue is a coarse, rough annual plant that grows about 1 meter high.’
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