ligula definition

  • noun:
    • A strap-shaped or tonguelike framework, particularly a mouth part using insects.
    • A strap or strap-shaped object, especially such a development in flowers or pests
    • See ligule.
    • The main process, or front edge, associated with labium of pests. It sometimes functions as a tongue or proboscis, such as bees.
    • A tongue-shaped lobe of this parapodia of annelids. See Parapodium.
    • In botany, just like ligule.
    • In entomology: A fleshy, membranaceous, or horny anterior an element of the labium, attached to the inner area associated with mentum, in which it's sometimes completely concealed; the terminal or distal the three-component elements of the labium.
    • an ongoing process on the elytra of particular beetles. See elytral.—
    • In anatomy, a band of white nervous substance bordering the membranous covering of the posterior part of the fourth ventricle of the brain on each side, and extending from the clava to the striæ acusticæ, where it winds around the restiform bodies. Also called tænia ventriculi quarti, ala pontis, and ponticulus.
    • [capitalized] A genus of easy cestoid worms, style of the household Ligulidæ, having an unsegmented elongated human anatomy with two horizontal depressions at the head end, and numerous sets of sexual body organs in longitudinal show opening in the median line of your body. These endoparasites inhabit fishes and amphibians, and acquire their matured character in water-birds.
    • [capitalized] A genus of mollusks.

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