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[lig-yuh-lit, -leyt]
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  1. having or forming a ligula.
  2. having the shape of a strap.
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Also lig·u·la·ted [lig-yuh-ley-tid] /ˈlɪg yəˌleɪ tɪd/.

Origin of ligulate

First recorded in 1745–55; ligul(a) + -ate1
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Examples from the Web for ligulate

Historical Examples

  • The passage of ligulate to tubular corollas among Compositæ is not of such common occurrence as is the converse change.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • In gardens—Tabernamontana coronaria, Bhee, Chrysanthemum double and ligulate.

  • The leaves are fleshy, and ligulate or strap-shaped; and the stems are frequently hollow.

  • The heads are terminal, consisting of yellow, ligulate florets, surrounded by five large cordate bracts.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

  • The florets are all ligulate, as in the last species; and the pappus consists of brown, feathery hairs, all of the same length.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

British Dictionary definitions for ligulate


  1. having the shape of a strap
  2. biology of, relating to, or having a ligule or ligula
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