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1Anatomy and Zoology. Designating the deep lingual artery and vein, which run on each side of the undersurface of the tongue from the back to the tip. In early use also: †designating a sublingual salivary gland (obsolete).
2Resembling a frog; of the nature of a frog; of, relating to, or characteristic of frogs, specifically (Zoology) those of the subfamily Raninae.
Zoology. A frog of the subfamily Raninae.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Gideon Harvey (c1636–?1702), physician. From post-classical Latin raninus from classical Latin rāna frog + -īnus. On the reason for the name in sense A. 1 see quot. 1615.
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