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ligula

ligula


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ligula  \Lig"u*la\  (l[i^]g"[-u]*l[.a]),  n.;  pl  L.  {Ligul[ae]} 
  (-l[=e]),  E.  {Ligulas}  (-l[.a]z).  [L.,  a  little  tongue.  See 
  {Ligule}.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  See  {Ligule}. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  central  process,  or  front  edge,  of  the  labium  of 
  insects.  It  sometimes  serves  as  a  tongue  or  proboscis, 
  as  in  bees.  [See  Illust.  under  {Labium},  and 
  {Hymenoptera}.] 
  b  A  tongue-shaped  lobe  of  the  parapodia  of  annelids.  See 
  {Parapodium}.