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From Old French languete (modern French languette), diminutive of langue (tongue), from Latin lingua.



languet (plural languets)

  1. A tongue-shaped implement, specifically:
    1. A narrow blade on the edge of a spade or shovel.
    2. A piece of metal on a sword-hilt which overhangs the scabbard.
    3. A flat plate in (or opposite and below the mouth of) the pipe of an organ.
      • 1973, Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow:
        If there is music for this it’s windy strings and reed sections standing in bright shirt fronts and black ties all along the beach, a robed organist by the breakwater—itself broken, crusted with tides—whose languets and flues gather and shape the resident spooks here.
  2. (archaic) A narrow tongue of land.
  3. (zoology) A tongue-like organ found on certain tunicates.