ligula

noun
lig·​u·​la | \ ˈli-gyə-lə How to pronounce ligula (audio) \
plural ligulae\ ˈli-​gyə-​ˌlē How to pronounce ligula (audio) , -​ˌlī \ also ligulas

Definition of ligula

1 : ligule
2 : the distal lobed part of the labium of an insect

First Known Use of ligula

circa 1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ligula

New Latin

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“Ligula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ligula. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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ligula

noun
lig·​u·​la | \ ˈlig-yə-lə How to pronounce ligula (audio) \

Medical Definition of ligula

1 capitalized : a genus of tapeworms of the family Diphyllobothriidae that lack external evidence of segmentation, that as adults are usually extremely short-lived internal parasites of fish-eating birds but include one (L. intestinalis) found rarely in humans, and that develop almost to maturity in the body cavity of freshwater fishes
2 : a larval tapeworm developing reproductive organs and living in the body cavity of a fish

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