Lozenge meaning

lŏzĭnj
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A small, medicated candy intended to be dissolved slowly in the mouth to lubricate and soothe irritated tissues of the throat.
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A cough drop or small piece of hard candy, at one time made in a diamond shape.
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To form into the shape of a lozenge.
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A plane figure with four equal sides and two obtuse angles; diamond.
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A small, medicated candy intended to be dissolved slowly in the mouth to lubricate and soothe irritated tissues of the throat.
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A four-sided planar figure with a diamondlike shape; a rhombus that is not a square.
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A quadrilateral with sides of equal length (rhombus), having two acute and two obtuse angles.
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A small tablet (originally diamond-shaped) or medicated sweet used to ease a sore throat.
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To mark or emblazon with a lozenge.
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Origin of lozenge

  • Middle English rhombus from Old French losenge perhaps akin to Provençal lausa flagstone, roofing slate (from a source akin to Latin lausiae stone chips) (perhaps of Celtic origin) or from Arabic lawzīnaj confection made from almonds (from Middle Persian lawzēnak) (lawz-) (ultimately from early Aramaic lawz- almond lwz in Semitic roots) (Middle Persian -ēnak n. suffix)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French losenge (“rhombus") (French losange), from Old Provençal lausa (“flat stone"), from Gaulish; cognate with Spanish losa (“square tile").

    From Wiktionary