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ligulate

[lig-yuh-lit, -leyt]
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adjective
  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

ligulate

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