[ 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.

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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