lig·​ne·​ous ˈlig-nē-əs How to pronounce ligneous (audio)
: of or resembling wood

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And one ligneous masterpiece is more enviable than the next. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, 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, 4 July 2019

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ligneous was in 1626

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Cite this Entry

“Ligneous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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