noun, plural lig·u·lae [lig-yuh-lee] /ˈlɪg yəˌli/, lig·u·las.
  1. Botany, Zoology. a tonguelike or strap-shaped part or organ.
  2. Botany. ligule.

Origin of ligula

1750–60; < New Latin, special use of Latin li(n)gula spoon, shoe-strap, equivalent to lig-, variant stem of lingere to lick + -ula -ule
Related formslig·u·lar, adjectivelig·u·loid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -lae (-ˌliː) or -las
  1. entomol the terminal part of the labium of an insect consisting of paired lobes
  2. a variant spelling of ligule
Derived Formsligular, adjectiveliguloid, adjective

Word Origin for ligula

C18: New Latin; see ligule
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