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[lig-nee-uh s]
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  1. of the nature of or resembling wood; woody.
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Origin of ligneous

First recorded in 1620–30, ligneous is from the Latin word ligneus of wood. See lign-, -eous
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Related Words for ligneous

board, frame, log, peg, plant, slab, timber, woody, clapboard, ligneous, timbered, sylvan, wooded, wooden, arboraceous, xyloid

Examples from the Web for ligneous

Historical Examples of ligneous

  • The list of the sites that suit her would almost form a complete catalogue of the ligneous flora.

    Bramble-bees and Others

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Ligneous, or woody tissue (lignin) is indurated cellulose, hardened by age.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual

    Charles Alexander Cameron

  • The outside of the durian is ligneous and is covered with strong prickles of nearly an inch long.

    My Friends the Savages

    Giovanni Battista Cerruti

  • Everywhere else is the ligneous fence, generally too hard and thick to break through.

  • With the diminished moisture the green gardens of France are replaced in Gobi by ligneous plants covered with a gray down.

British Dictionary definitions for ligneous


  1. of or resembling wood
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Word Origin for ligneous

C17: from Latin ligneus, from lignum wood
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Word Origin and History for ligneous


"woody," 1620s, from French ligneux and directly from Latin ligneus, from lignum "wood, firewood" (see ligni-).

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