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[lig-yuh-lit, -leyt] /ˈlɪg yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
having or forming a ligula.
having the shape of a strap.
Also, ligulated
[lig-yuh-ley-tid] /ˈlɪg yəˌleɪ tɪd/ (Show IPA)
Origin of ligulate
First recorded in 1745-55; ligul(a) + -ate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ligulate
Historical Examples
  • The passage of ligulate to tubular corollas among Compositæ is not of such common occurrence as is the converse change.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • In gardens—Tabernamontana coronaria, Bhee, Chrysanthemum double and ligulate.

  • The leaves are fleshy, and ligulate or strap-shaped; and the stems are frequently hollow.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • The heads are terminal, consisting of yellow, ligulate florets, surrounded by five large cordate bracts.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux
  • The florets are all ligulate, as in the last species; and the pappus consists of brown, feathery hairs, all of the same length.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux
  • When it enters towards the centre of the shell in a tongue-shaped outline it is said to be ligulate.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
British Dictionary definitions for ligulate


/ˈlɪɡjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt/
having the shape of a strap
(biology) of, relating to, or having a ligule or ligula
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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