Etymology
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epiglottis (n.)

1610s, from Late Latin epiglottis, from Greek epiglottis, literally "(that which is) upon the tongue," from epi "on" (see epi-) + glōttis, from glōtta, variant of glōssa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)). An earlier form was epiglote (early 15c.), from Old French epiglotte. Related: Epiglottic.

updated on February 15, 2019

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Definitions of epiglottis from WordNet

epiglottis (n.)
a flap of cartilage that covers the windpipe while swallowing;
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