TENGA (TAINGA)

tenga
ear

mga tenga
ears


The standard Tagalog word for 'ear' is tainga, but most Filipinos say tenga.  Also spelled taenga.


abot tenga ang ngiti
"a smile that reaches the ear" = a wide grin'


tengang kawali
"an ear like that of a frying pan" = pretending not to hear

Example:  If you give your maid an order to do something, but she keeps doing what she's doing as though she didn't hear you, then she's nagte-tengang kawali.


tengang-daga
"mouse ear" 
a mushroom called 'black ear fungus' or 'black wood ear' in English
scientific name: species Auricularia

tenga ng baboy
pig's ear

salamin ng tenga
eardrum (tympanic membrane)

Ang nakikitang tenga ay isang pilas ng laman na tinatawag na pinna o aurikulo.
The visible ear is a flap of tissue that is called the pinna or auricle.