from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A straplike structure, such as the corolla of a ray flower or a membranous or hairy appendage between the sheaf and blade of a grass leaf.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strap-shaped structure.
- n. A portion of a leaf found at the base of the petiole, when present.
- n. In many grasses (Poaceae) and some sedges (Cyperaceae), the membranous appendage or ring of hairs projecting from the inner side of a leaf at the junction between the blade and the sheath.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The thin and scarious projection from the upper end of the sheath of a leaf of grass.
- n. A strap-shaped corolla of flowers of Compositæ.
- n. A band of white matter in the wall of fourth ventricle of the brain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, one of several strap-shaped organs or parts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (botany) any appendage to a plant that is shaped like a strap
Latin ligula, diminutive of lingua, tongue; see dn̥ghū- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ligula, diminutive of liga (Wiktionary)