- Botany, Zoology. a tonguelike or strap-shaped part or organ.
- Botany. ligule.
Origin of ligula
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Historical Examples of ligula
In this case, only the actual tongue (or ligula) and its paragloss are figured.Wild Bees, Wasps and Ants
Paraglossa, par-a-glos′a, n. one of the two appendages of the ligula in insects.
According to circumstances it might perhaps be denominated Lingua or Ligula.
The long sucking “tongue” of bees is probably a modification of the ligula.
And lastly, in the midst of all is a slender setiform organ (ligula), which is the counterpart of the tongue.
- entomol the terminal part of the labium of an insect consisting of paired lobes
- a variant spelling of ligule