Light"some*ly, adv. Light"some*ness, n.
Happiness may walk soberly in dark attire, as well as dance lightsomely in a gala dress.Hawthorne.
(Light"-winged`) a. Having light and active wings; volatile; fleeting. Shak.
(Light"wood`) n. Pine wood abounding in pitch, used for torches in the Southern United
States; pine knots, dry sticks, and the like, for kindling a fire quickly or making a blaze.
(Light"y) a. Illuminated. [Obs.] Wyclif.
(Lign`-al"oes) (lin`al"oz or lig*nal"oz), n. [OE. ligne aloes, fr. L. lignum wood + aloe aloe.]
1. Aloes wood, or agallochum. See Agallochum.
2. A fragrant tree mentioned in the Bible. Num. xxiv. 6.
(Lig"ne*ous) a. [L. ligneus, fr. lignum wood. Cf. Lignous.] Made of wood; consisting of
wood; of the nature of, or resembling, wood; woody.
It should be tried with shoots of vines and roots of red roses; for it may be they, being of a moreligneous
nature, will incorporate with the tree itself.Bacon. Ligneous marble, wood coated or prepared so as to resemble marble.
(Lig*nif"er*ous) a. [L. lignifer; lignum wood + ferre to bear: cf. F. lignifère.] Yielding or
(Lig`ni*fi*ca"tion) n. [Cf. F. lignification. See Lignify.] (Bot.) A change in the character
of a cell wall, by which it becomes harder. It is supposed to be due to an incrustation of lignin.
(Lig"ni*form) a. [L. lignum wood + -form: cf. F. ligniforme.] Like wood.
(Lig"ni*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lignified (-fid); p. pr. & vb. n. Lignifying (- fi`ing).] [L. lignum
wood + -fy: cf. F. lignifier.] (Bot.) To convert into wood or into a ligneous substance.
(Lig"ni*fy), v. i. (Bot.) To become wood.
(Lig"nin) n. [L. lignum wood: cf. F. lignine.] (Bot.) A substance characterizing wood cells and
differing from cellulose in its conduct with certain chemical reagents.
Recent authors have distinguished four forms of this substance, naming them lignose, lignin, lignone,
(Lig`ni*per"dous) a. [L. lignum wood + perdere to destroy: cf. F. ligniperde.] (Zoöl.)
Wood-destroying; said of certain insects.
(Lig*nir"e*ose`) n. (Bot.) See Lignin.
(Lig"nite) n. [L. lignum wood: cf. F. lignite.] (Min.) Mineral coal retaining the texture of the
wood from which it was formed, and burning with an empyreumatic odor. It is of more recent origin than
the anthracite and bituminous coal of the proper coal series. Called also brown coal, wood coal.
Lignitic group. See Laramie Group.
(Lig*nit"ic) a. Containing lignite; resembling, or of the nature of, lignite; as, lignitic clay.