- 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
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Examples from the Web for ligule
The ligule is a distinct membrane and the nodes are glabrous.
The ligule is distinct, consisting of a fringe of stiff hairs.
Anthoxanthum differs in its habit, ears, scent, sheath and ligule.
Roots very tough and stringy: ligule small, but thick and blunt.
Changed the last index reference for "Ligule" from 57 to 67; also the reference for "Ocreate."The Elements of Botany
- 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
C19: via French, from Latin ligula strap, variant of lingula, from lingua tongue
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- 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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