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Consisting of or having the texture or appearance of wood; woody.

[From Latin ligneus, from lignum, wood; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]


(Botany) of or resembling wood
[C17: from Latin ligneus, from lignum wood]


(ˈlɪg ni əs)

of the nature of or resembling wood; woody.
[1620–30; < Latin ligneus= lign(um) wood + -eus -eous]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ligneous - consisting of or containing lignin or xylem; "ligneous (or woody) tissue"
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
woody - made of or containing or resembling wood; "woody plants"; "perennial herbs with woody stems"; "a woody taste"


[ˈlɪgnɪəs] ADJleñoso


adjhölzern, holzartig
References in classic literature ?
No sooner had the beautiful Madame Rabourdin decided to interfere in her husband's administrative advancement than she fathomed Clement des Lupeaulx's true character, and studied him thoughtfully to discover whether in this thin strip of deal there were ligneous fibres strong enough to let her lightly trip across it from the bureau to the department, from a salary of eight thousand a year to twelve thousand.
Much impressed by this family circumstance, and also by the friendly disposition of Mr Wegg, as exemplified in his so soon dropping into poetry, Mr Boffin again shook hands with that ligneous sharper, and besought him to name his hour.
The most common condition associated with plasminogen deficiency is ligneous conjunctivitis, which is characterized by thick, woody (ligneous) growths on the conjunctiva of the eye, and if left untreated, can lead to blindness.
is based on their economic importance for both European and Chinese fruit and vegetable production, but also for their exemplarity in representing different production systems (field + greenhouse vegetables and ligneous perennial).
Product coverage include Machine-tools (including way-type unit head machines) for drilling, boring, milling, threading or tapping by removing metal, other than lathes and turning centres AND Machine-tools for working wood, cork, bone, hard rubber, hard plastics or similar hard materials; presses for the manufacture of particle board or fibre building board of wood or other ligneous materials and other machinery for treating wood or cork, respectively.
caribaea were the most recurrent ligneous species in this experiment (Fig.
Primary root growth is generally observed to occur within a wide temperature range, varying by at least 2 to 5[degrees]C for ligneous species cultivated within temperate zones, and at temperatures above 10[degrees]C for plants in tropical regions (LARCHER, 2003).
Export and import of fibreboard of wood or other ligneous materials: volume, structure, dynamics
The present work lists for Ferlo savanna, the mostly used species, establishes predictive models for the wood potential and evaluates the needs and the potentialities of production of the ligneous.
In accordance, the presenting complaint in 2 of the present study's patients was ligneous conjunctivitis, and their ophthalmologic findings recurred and persisted despite intermittent surgical treatment.
A ticket gets you a commemorative glass and 3-ounce pours of 15 ligneous libations of your choosing," Doc Sysak added.