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.
    • 2004, Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear Series 5, Episode 9:
      My epiglottis is full of bees!

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