[lig-nee-uh s]


of the nature of or resembling wood; woody.

Origin of ligneous

First recorded in 1620–30, ligneous is from the Latin word ligneus of wood. See lign-, -eous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ligneous



of or resembling wood

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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