ligula

[ lig-yuh-luh ]
/ ˈlɪg yə lə /
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noun, plural lig·u·lae [lig-yuh-lee] /ˈlɪg yəˌli/, lig·u·las.

Botany, Zoology. a tonguelike or strap-shaped part or organ.
Botany. ligule.

Nearby words

  1. lignocaine,
  2. lignocellulose,
  3. lignum,
  4. lignum vitae,
  5. ligroin,
  6. ligulate,
  7. ligulated,
  8. ligule,
  9. ligure,
  10. liguria

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ligula

ligula

/ (ˈlɪɡjʊlə) /

noun plural -lae (-ˌliː) or -las

entomol the terminal part of the labium of an insect consisting of paired lobes
a variant spelling of ligule
Derived Formsligular, adjectiveliguloid, adjective

Word Origin for ligula

C18: New Latin; see ligule

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