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n. pl. lig·u·lae (-lē′) or lig·u·las
A strap-shaped or tonguelike structure, especially the terminal portion of the labium in the mouthparts of certain insects.

[Latin, diminutive of lingua, tongue; see dn̥ghū- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -lae (-ˌliː) or -las
1. (Zoology) entomol the terminal part of the labium of an insect consisting of paired lobes
2. (Botany) a variant spelling of ligule
[C18: New Latin; see ligule]
ˈligular adj
ˈliguˌloid adj


(ˈlɪg yə lə)

n., pl. -lae (-ˌli)
1. Bot., Zool. a tonguelike or strap-shaped part or organ.
2. ligule.
[1750–60; < New Latin; Latin li(n)gula spoon, shoe-strap <li(n)gere to lick]
lig′u•lar, adj.
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Host-constrained epidemiology of the fish tapeworm Ligula intestinalis (L).
Concentrations of some heavy metals in Ligula intestinalis plerocercoids (Cestodes) and Philometra ovate (nematodes) compared to some of their hosts (Osteichthyes).
Genetic diversity of Ligula intestinalis (Cestoda: Diphyllobothriidea) based on analysis of inter-simple sequence repeat markers.