lig·​ule ˈli-(ˌ)gyül How to pronounce ligule (audio)
: a scalelike projection especially on a plant: such as
: a thin appendage of a foliage leaf and especially of the sheath of a blade of grass
: a ligulate corolla of a ray floret in a composite head

Word History


New Latin ligula, from Latin, small tongue, strap, from lingere to lick — more at lick

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ligule was circa 1847

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“Ligule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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