epiglottis

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From New Latin epiglottis, from Ancient Greek ἐπιγλωττίς (epiglōttís), from ἐπί (epí, on) + γλῶττίς (glôttís, glottis).

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epiglottis (plural epiglottises or epiglottides)

  1. (anatomy) A cartilaginous organ in the throat of terrestrial vertebrates covering the glottis when swallowing to prevent food and liquid from entering the trachea, and in Homo sapiens also a speech organ.
    My epiglottis is full of bees! — Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear series 5, episode 9

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