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

of the nature of or resembling wood; woody.
[1620–30; < Latin ligneus= lign(um) wood + -eus -eous]
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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"
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[ˈlɪgnɪəs] ADJleñoso
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adjhölzern, holzartig
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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.
On December 12, 2018, an immunocompromised man with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, aged 73 years, was evaluated by an ophthalmologist for left eyelid redness, swelling, and eye discharge and received a diagnosis of ligneous (pseudomembranous) conjunctivitis.
Ligneous species were not included in the pasture vegetation, because the most abundant species were also collected either as mixed browsed leaves (MBL), or individually as outlined below.
salvifolium may be a little ligneous plant, or deciduous tree could or might not be armed.
Members of this genus present a dehiscent ligneous capsule that opens at maturity into five valves.
Homozygous mutations in the plasminogen gene of two unrelated girls with ligneous conjunctivitis.
In his tree-form, Sandy's silent, ligneous flesh presents numerous difficulties to the men who unknowingly attempt to chop it/him down: their axes repeatedly glance off of the tree; the cart used to carry it gets stuck in the mud; the chain used to bind it becomes unfastened; and the log continually breaks loose from the cart.
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 corneal damage and blindness.
Untitled (Wood poly), 2007, and Untitled (fire red poly), 2016, featured ligneous grounds and embedded rayon threads within an overall coat of polyurethane, whereas others, including Untitled (yellow on walnut hovering thread), 2017, maintain a gap between fiber and background and leave the former untreated.