lig·​ne·​ous | \ ˈlig-nē-əs How to pronounce ligneous (audio) \

Definition of ligneous

: of or resembling wood

Examples of ligneous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And one ligneous masterpiece is more enviable than the next. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Exploring Alentejo, Portugal's Best-Kept Secret," 23 Dec. 2019 The Terminator, James Cameron’s dystopian hit about an unconquerable cyborg killing machine, gets the show’s most palpable allusion yet: an unbeatable enforcer with a motorbike and a single, ligneous facial expression. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of ligneous

1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ligneous

Latin ligneus, from lignum wood, probably from legere to gather — more at legend

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“Ligneous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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