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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zool.) (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. [1913 Webster] Ligulate