Ligule meaning

lĭg'yo͝ol
A straplike structure, such as the long flattened lobe of the corolla of a ray flower or a membranous or hairy appendage between the sheath and blade of a grass leaf.
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A strap-shaped corolla in the flowers of certain composite plants.
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A thin membrane attached to a leaf of grass at the point where the blade meets the leaf sheath.
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Any of various similar appendages on other plants.
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A straplike structure, such as the long flattened lobe of the corolla of a ray flower or a membranous or hairy appendage between the sheath and blade of a grass leaf.
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A strap-shaped structure.
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(botany) A portion of a leaf found at the base of the petiole, when present.
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(botany) In many grasses (Poaceae) and some sedges (Cyperaceae), the membranous appendage or ring of hairs projecting from the inner side of a leaf at the junction between the blade and the sheath.
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Origin of ligule

  • Latin ligula diminutive of lingua tongue dn̥ghū- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin ligula, diminutive of liga
    From Wiktionary