[ lig-yool ]
/ ˈlɪg yul /

noun Botany.

a thin, membranous outgrowth from the base of the blade of most grasses.
a strap-shaped corolla, as in the ray flowers of the head of certain composite plants.

Nearby words

  1. lignum vitae,
  2. ligroin,
  3. ligula,
  4. ligulate,
  5. ligulated,
  6. ligure,
  7. liguria,
  8. ligurian,
  9. ligurian republic,
  10. ligurian sea

Origin of ligule

1595–1605; < Latin ligula; see ligula Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ligule



/ (ˈlɪɡjuːl) /


a membranous outgrowth at the junction between the leaf blade and sheath in many grasses and sedges
a strap-shaped corolla, such as that of a ray floret in the daisy

Word Origin for ligule

C19: via French, from Latin ligula strap, variant of lingula, from lingua tongue

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Science definitions for ligule


[ lĭgyōōl ]

A straplike structure, such as the long flattened lobe of the corolla of a ray flower or a membranous or hairy appendage between the sheath and blade of a grass leaf.
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