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ligula

[lig-yuh-luh] /ˈlɪg yə lə/
noun, plural ligulae
[lig-yuh-lee] /ˈlɪg yəˌli/ (Show IPA),
ligulas.
1.
Botany, Zoology. a tonguelike or strap-shaped part or organ.
2.
Botany, ligule.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin li(n)gula spoon, shoe-strap, equivalent to lig-, variant stem of lingere to lick + -ula -ule
Related forms
ligular, adjective
liguloid, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ligulae

ligula

/ˈlɪɡjʊlə/
noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː), -las
1.
(entomol) the terminal part of the labium of an insect consisting of paired lobes
2.
a variant spelling of ligule
Derived Forms
ligular, adjective
liguloid, adjective
Word Origin
C18: New Latin; see ligule
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