• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ligulate Composed of ligules.
    • Ligulate (Bot) Like a bandage, or strap; strap-shaped.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ligulate In botany: Strap-shaped: said chiefly of the rays of the tubuliflorous and the corollas of the liguliflorous Compositæ.
    • ligulate Furnished with a ligule: as, a ligulate grass; having a ligulate corolla: as, a ligulate flower; having ligulate flowers: as, a ligulate head.
    • ligulate In zoology, strap-shaped: specifically applied
    • ligulate to the cochlea of vertebrates below mammals, in distinction from helicine or helicoid;
    • ligulate in entomology, to parts which are long, narrow, flat, and parallel-sided or nearly so, as the tongue of a butterfly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ligulate (bot.) like a bandage or strap: composed of ligules
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. ligulé,. See Ligule, and cf. Lingulate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ligula, dim. of lingua, a tongue.


In literature:

Frond wholly divided into narrow ligulate, dichotomous, bi or multiserial branches; no vibracula.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
Ligulate: strap-shaped; linear, much longer than broad.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Full plant; 2. a portion of the leaf and ligule.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Heads discoid, the flowers all alike and tubular; or else radiate, the outer ones ligulate and pistillate.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray