Definition of ligula in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈliɡyələ/

noun (plural ligulae /-ˌlē/ /-ˌlī/)

The strap-shaped terminal part of an insect’s labium, typically lobed.
Example sentences
  • They transport the spermatophores with a copulatory organ, called the ligula, located on the tip of one of their arms.
  • This individual is a hyolithid without question because both the ligula and the dorsoventral differentiation ordinarily seen in hyoliths are clearly present.
  • Conchs of the Girvan specimens match the diagnostic traits given above in terms of the ligula, aperture and ornamentation on the shell.



Example sentences
  • It has medium thick greenish yellow cane and medium long lanceolate ligular process on one side.
  • The present invention relates to a hydrophilic extract predominantly composed of camomile ligular florets that may, for example, be used for liquid vaginal preparations for human females.
  • By combinations of wide crosses and DNA transformation, we can now partition ligular region morphological differences to genes and gene sequence.


Mid 18th century: from Latin, 'strap'.

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Syllabification: lig·u·la

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