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 (lăng′gwĭt, lăng-gwĕt′)
One that functions or is shaped like a tongue.

[Middle English, from Old French languete, diminutive of langue, tongue, from Latin lingua; see dn̥ghū- in Indo-European roots.]
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rare anything resembling a tongue in shape or function
[C15: from Old French languette, diminutive of langue tongue]
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(ˈlæŋ gwɛt)

any of various small tongue-shaped parts, processes, or projections.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French languete, diminutive of langue tongue; see language, -et]
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(27) Hubert Languet, Vindiciae contra tyrannos ([Basel]: [n.
quod libelli Stoici inter Sericos 15 !acere pulvillos amant, inlitterati num minus nervi rigent (26) minusve languet fascinum?
Ademas tambien es el traductor de la obra del Arzobispo de Sens Jean Josphef de Languet de Gergy Historia de la devocion al Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.
Les electeurs de Saxe payaient de nombreux correspondents (parmi lesquels figure Hubert Languet) pour leur envoyer les feuilles dont la collection est conservee aujourdhui a Dresde.
See for example a French treatise from the sixteenth century that argued in this manner and was translated into English several times, including in 1689: PHILIPPE DE MORNAY AND HUBERT LANGUET, VINDICIAE CONTRA TYRANNOS (eds.
In this context, we miss Castiglione's Book of the Courtier and the work of Melanchthon (the mentor of Languet and his Continental friends): upon Philip, at least, their influence was arguably greater than that of Tacitus.