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’.
ligula (plural ligulas or ligulae)
- 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.
strap or strap-shaped object, especially in plants or insects