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[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
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Examples from the web for ligule
  • The ligule is a conspicuous tuft of long white hair.
  • There is a short fringe of hairs on the leaf where it meets the stem, which is known as a ligule.
  • Forward and back mutations in the ligule-less locus of barley.
  • The leaf basal sheath is hairy, the leaf blade is generally rolled, and the ligule is short.
  • ligule, where leaf blade joins stem, consists of a fringe of hairs.
  • The ligule is short and hairy and the collar is hairy inside.
  • Auricles are completely absent and the ligule is prominent.
  • The ligule is a ring of hairs, and the sheath is hairy at the margins.
British Dictionary definitions for ligule


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
C19: via French, from Latin ligula strap, variant of lingula, from lingua tongue
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ligule in Science
A straplike structure, such as the corolla of fused petals in a ray flower or a membranous or hairy appendage between the sheath and blade of a grass leaf.
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