Definition of ligulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈliɡyəˌlāt/ Pronunciation: /-lit/


chiefly Botany
1Strap-shaped, such as the ray florets of plants of the daisy family.
Example sentences
  • They were heterosporous and bore ligulate leaves.
  • The ligulate leaves and strongly revolute leaf margins are distinguishing features of Meesia uliginosa.
  • In ligulate heads all the florets are ligulate and 5-lobed and usually they are all bisexual.
1.1(Of a plant) having ray florets or ligules.
Example sentences
  • The flowers of the outer whorl of the head (ray or ligulate flowers) generally have five elongated petals united to form straplike structures and are restricted to the periphery of the radiate head.

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Syllabification: lig·u·late

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