PRONUNCIATION: (glos-uh-LAY-lee-uh)

MEANING: noun: Unintelligible utterances occurring during religious excitation, schizophrenia, etc. Also known as speaking in tongues.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek glosso- (tongue, language) + -lalia (chatter, babbling), from lalein (to babble). Earliest documented use: 1879. A related term is coprolalia.

FLOSSOLALIA - the unceasing cry of the dental hygienist

GROSSOLALIA - speaking in hundred-forty-fours

GLOSSOLILIA - luminous flowers