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ligule

[lig-yool] /ˈlɪg yul/
noun, Botany.
1.
a thin, membranous outgrowth from the base of the blade of most grasses.
2.
a strap-shaped corolla, as in the ray flowers of the head of certain composite plants.
Origin of ligule
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin ligula; see ligula
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Examples from the Web for ligule
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  • Anthoxanthum differs in its habit, ears, scent, sheath and ligule.

    Grasses H. Marshall Ward
  • The ligule is a distinct membrane and the nodes are glabrous.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
  • Just above the ligule and at the base of the leaf-blade there is a colourless narrow zone.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
  • The ligule is distinct, consisting of a fringe of stiff hairs.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
  • The ligule is a short obliquely truncate or two-lobed membrane.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
  • Roots very tough and stringy: ligule small, but thick and blunt.

    Grasses H. Marshall Ward
  • The ligule is a short membrane with a fringe of slender hair-like processes.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
  • Leaves conduplicate or convolute, short and narrow, the ligule short: minute ears at base.

    Grasses H. Marshall Ward
  • Changed the last index reference for "ligule" from 57 to 67; also the reference for "Ocreate."

  • From Holcus it is easily distinguished by the sheaths, ligule and soft hairs of that genus.

    Grasses H. Marshall Ward
British Dictionary definitions for ligule

ligule

/ˈlɪɡjuːl/
noun
1.
a membranous outgrowth at the junction between the leaf blade and sheath in many grasses and sedges
2.
a strap-shaped corolla, such as that of a ray floret in the daisy
Word Origin
C19: via French, from Latin ligula strap, variant of lingula, from lingua tongue
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ligule in Science
ligule
  (lĭg'yl)   
A straplike structure, such as the corolla of fused petals in a ray flower or a membranous or hairy appendage between the sheath and blade of a grass leaf.
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