One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A muscle that arises from the palate and inserts into the side of the tongue, forming the anterior arch of the fauces and serving to raise the back of the tongue and constrict the fauces.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Jones Quain (1796–1865), anatomist. From scientific Latin palatoglossus from palato- + ancient Greek γλῶσσα tongue.
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