Lozenge



[loz-inj] /ˈlɒz ɪndʒ/

noun
1.
a small, flavored tablet made from sugar or syrup, often medicated, originally diamond-shaped.
2.
Geometry Now Rare. (def 8).
3.
Heraldry.

/ˈlɒzɪndʒ/
noun
1.
(med) Also called pastille, troche. a medicated tablet held in the mouth until it has dissolved
2.
(geometry) another name for rhombus
3.
(heraldry) a diamond-shaped charge
n.

figure having four equal sides and two acute and two obtuse angles, early 14c., from Old French losenge “windowpane, small square cake,” etc., used for many flat quadrilateral things (Modern French losange). It has cognates in Spanish losanje, Catalan llosange, Italian lozanga. Probably from a pre-Roman Celtic language, perhaps Iberian *lausa or Gaulish *lausa “flat stone” (cf. Provençal lausa, Spanish losa, Catalan llosa, Portuguese lousa “slab, tombstone”), from a pre-Celtic language.

Originally in English a term in heraldry; meaning “small cake or tablet (originally diamond-shaped) of medicine and sugar, etc., meant to be held in the mouth and dissolved” is from 1520s.

lozenge loz·enge (lŏz’ĭnj)
n.
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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