how to pronounce tonsil


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tonsil is pronounced in two syllables

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meanings of tonsil


  1. Either of a pair of small masses of lymphoid tissue that lie on each side of the throat and that help protect the body against infection; palatine tonsil.
  2. Any of various small masses of lymphoid tissues, including palatine tonsils, adenoids and lingual tonsils.

tonsil frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word tonsil occurs in english on average 0.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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