ligula

noun
lig·u·la | \ˈli-gyə-lə \
plural ligulae\ˈli-gyə-ˌlē, -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

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lignum vitae

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Ligularia

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ligula

noun
lig·u·la | \ˈlig-yə-lə \

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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