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.
  • 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)



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