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[lig-nee-uh s] /ˈlɪg ni əs/

of the nature of or resembling wood; woody.
of or resembling wood

“woody,” 1620s, from French ligneux and directly from Latin ligneus, from lignum “wood, firewood” (see ligni-).


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  • Ligni-

    1. a combining form meaning “wood,” used in the formation of compound words: ligniform. combining form 1. indicating wood: lignocellulose word-forming element meaning “wood,” from Latin lignum “wood, firewood,” from PIE *leg-no-, literally “that which is collected,” from root *leg- “to collect” (see lecture (n.)).

  • Lignicolous

    /lɪɡˈnɪkələs/ adjective 1. growing or living on or in wood

  • Lignified

    [lig-nuh-fahy] /ˈlɪg nəˌfaɪ/ verb (used with object), lignified, lignifying. 1. to convert into wood; cause to become woody. verb (used without object), lignified, lignifying. 2. to become wood or woody. /ˈlɪɡnɪˌfaɪ/ verb -fies, -fying, -fied 1. (botany) to make or become woody as a result of the deposition of lignin in the cell walls lignify […]

  • Ligniform

    [lig-nuh-fawrm] /ˈlɪg nəˌfɔrm/ adjective 1. having the form of wood; resembling wood, as a variety of asbestos. /ˈlɪɡnɪˌfɔːm/ adjective 1. having the appearance of wood

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