ligula

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin ligula (strap, spoon), a variant of lingula ‘small tongue-shaped object’, itself partly derived from lingere ‘lick’ and partly a diminutive of lingua ‘tongue’.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ligula (plural ligulas or ligulae)

  1. A strap or strap-shaped object, especially such a development in plants or insects.
    • 1974, Guy Davenport, Tatlin!:
      He unhasped the ligulae of his haversack, taking out a pair of blue jeans which he tossed to Bruno.

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