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Tongue-shaped. In later use chiefly Archaeology with reference to flint tools or weapons.
Archaeology. A tongue-shaped flint tool or weapon.
Mid 19th century. From post-classical Latin linguatus tongue-shaped, earlier in sense ‘eloquent’ (early 3rd cent. in Tertullian) from classical Latin lingua tongue + -ātus.
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