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lake trout n. A freshwater food and game fish (Salvelinus namaycush) of the Great Lakes. Also called Mackinaw trout, namaycush, togue. * * *
▪ Oregon, United States       town, seat (1876) of Lake county, southern Oregon, U.S., north of Goose Lake. It was founded in 1876 along Antelope Creek, on a former ...
/layk"vil/, n. a town in SE Minnesota. 14,790. * * *
/layk"wood'/, n. 1. a city in central Colorado, near Denver. 112,848. 2. a city in SW California, near Los Angeles. 74,654. 3. a city in NE Ohio, on Lake Erie, near Cleveland. ...
/lak/, n. lac2. * * *
▪ India       city, north-central Uttar Pradesh state, northern India, on the North-Eastern Railway. It is just northwest of Kheri town, with which it is almost ...
Lakhmid Dynasty
▪ Arabian dynasty       pre-Islāmic Bedouin tribal dynasty that aided Sāsānian Iran in its struggle with the Byzantine Empire and fostered early Arabic ...
▪ volcano, Iceland       volcanic fissure and mountain in southern Iceland, just southwest of Vatna Glacier (Vatnajökull) (Vatnajokull), the island's largest ice field. ...
/lay"kin/, n. Obs. ladykin. [1490-1500; earlier laken for *ladyken little lady. See LADY, -KIN] * * *
/lahk"may/; Fr. /lannk may"/, n. an opera (1883) by Léo Delibes. * * *
/leuh koh"teuh/, n. Teton. Also, Lakhota. * * *
Salmon. Suffixed form *laks-o-. a. lox1, from Old High German lahs, salmon; b. gravlax, from Swedish lax, salmon. Both a and b from Germanic *lahsaz.   [In Pokorny lak̑- ...
/luk'sheuh dweep"/, n. a union territory of India comprising a group of islands and coral reefs in the Arabian Sea, off the SW coast of India. 40,237; ab. 12 sq. mi. (31 sq. km). ...
/luksh"mee/, n. the Hindu goddess of fortune. * * * or Laksmi Hindu and Jain goddess of wealth and good fortune. The consort of Vishnu, she is said to have taken different ...
▪ Hindu deity also spelled  Lakshmi,  also called  Śrī,    Hindu goddess of wealth and good fortune. The wife of Vishnu, she is said to have taken different forms in ...
Lakwena, Alice
▪ 2008 Alice Auma        Ugandan priestess and rebel leader born 1956? , northern Uganda died Jan. 17, 2007 , Ifo refugee camp, Garissa district, Kenya was a member of ...
laky1 /lay"kee/, adj. lakier, lakiest. of, pertaining to, or resembling a lake. [1605-15; LAKE1 + -Y1] laky2 /lay"kee/, adj. of the color of a lake pigment. [1840-50; LAKE2 + ...
Lal, Devi
▪ 2002       Indian politician (b. Sept. 25, 1914, Chautala, Punjab [now in Haryana state], India—d. April 6, 2001, New Delhi, India), served (1989–91) as India's ...
▪ people       a people of eastern Nigeria. The Lala belong to a small cluster of linguistically related peoples in geographic proximity, the Ga-Anda, Yungur, Handa, and ...
Lalande, Jérôme
▪ French astronomer in full  Joseph-Jérôme Lefrançais de Lalande,  Lefrançais also spelled  Le Français, Lefrançois, or Le François   born July 11, 1732, ...
/lah'leuh peuh looh"zeuh/, n. lollapalooza. Also, lallapalooza. * * *
▪ Ethiopia historically  Roha   religious and pilgrimage centre, north-central Ethiopia. Roha, capital of the Zague dynasty for about 300 years, was renamed for its most ...
Laliberte, Guy
▪ 2006       Glitzy Las Vegas productions featuring elaborate costumes and high-stepping showgirls gave way in recent years to a new sensation—the circus. More ...
Lalic, Ivan V.
▪ 1997       Serb poet who considered himself steeped in the Mediterranean tradition rather than belonging to a specific ethnic group; he imbued his poems with the ...
lalique [la lēk′, lälēk; ] Fr [ lȧlēk] n. [also L-] an art nouveau style of cut glass or crystal with figures of animals, flowers, etc. in relief * * *
Lalique, René
▪ French jeweler born April 6, 1860, Ay, Fr. died May 5, 1945, Paris  French jeweler during the early 20th century, whose designs in jewelry and glass contributed ...
Lalique, René (Jules)
born April 6, 1860, Ay, Fr. died May 5, 1945, Paris French jeweler and glassmaker. Trained in Paris and London, he opened his own firm in Paris in 1885 and soon acquired ...
Lalique, RenéJules
La·lique (lə-lēkʹ, lä-), René Jules. 1860-1945. French designer of Art Nouveau jewelry and glassware noted particularly for his unique glass designs. * * *
▪ Buddhist literature Sanskrit“Detailed Narration of the Sport [of the Buddha]”       legendary life of the Gautama Buddha, written in a combination of Sanskrit and ...
/leuh lit"poor/, n. a city in E central Nepal, near Katmandu. 135,230. Also called Patan. * * * ▪ India       city, southwestern Uttar Pradesh state, northern India, ...
/lal/, v.i. Phonet. to make imperfect l- or r-sounds, or both, often by substituting a w-like sound for r or l or a y-like sound for l. [1875-80; imit.; see LALLATION] * * *
/lal"euhn/, adj. Scot. belonging to the Lowlands of Scotland. [1775-85; var. of LOWLAND] * * *
/lal"euhnz/, n.pl. 1. the Lowlands of Scotland. 2. the inhabitants of the Scottish Lowlands. 3. (used with a sing. v.) the literary form of the English dialect of the Scottish ...
lal·la·pa·loo·za (lŏl'ə-pə-lo͞oʹzə) n. Slang Variant of lollapalooza. * * *
/la lay"sheuhn/, n. Phonet. a speech defect in which l is pronounced instead of r, or in which an l-sound is mispronounced. Cf. lambdacism. [1640-50; < L lalla(re) to sing lala ...
Lal·ly (läʹlē) A trademark used for a concrete-filled steel cylinder utilized as a supporting member in a building. * * *
Lally column
Trademark. a brand of structural steel column, tubular in shape and usually filled with concrete. * * *
Lally, Thomas-Arthur, comte de
▪ French general (count of) born Jan. 13, 1702, Romans, Fr. died May 9, 1766, Paris       French general who was executed for capitulating to the British in India ...
/lah"lee gag', lal"ee-/, v.i., lallygagged, lallygagging. Informal. 1. to spend time idly; loaf. 2. to indulge in kisses and caresses; make love; neck. Also, lollygag. [1860-65, ...
/lann loh"/, n. (Victor Antoine) Edouard /veek tawrdd" ahonn twannn" ay dwannrdd"/, 1832-92, French composer. * * *
Lalo, Édouard
▪ French composer born Jan. 27, 1823, Lille, Fr. died April 22, 1892, Paris  French composer, best known for his Symphonie espagnole and notable for the clarity of his ...
a combining form meaning "speech," "speech defect," used in the formation of compound words: laloplegia. [ < NL, comb. form repr. Gk lálos talkative, chattering; see -LALIA] * * ...
/la lop"euh thee/, n., pl. lalopathies. Pathol. any defect of speech. [LALO- + -PATHY] * * *
/lal'euh plee"jee euh/, n. Pathol. paralysis of the speech organs in which the tongue is not affected. [LALO- + -PLEGIA] * * *
Lalor, Mother Teresa
▪ Irish-American religious leader original name  Alice Lalor  born c. 1766, Ireland died Sept. 9, 1846, Washington, D.C., U.S.       Irish-born American religious ...
Lalor, Peter
▪ Australian politician born Feb. 5, 1827, Tinakill, Queen's County, Ire. died Feb. 9, 1889, Melbourne, Australia       Irish-born Australian leader of the 1854 gold ...
lam1 /lam/, v., lammed, lamming. Slang. v.t. 1. to beat; thrash. v.i. 2. to beat; strike; thrash (usually fol. by out or into). [1590-1600; < ON lamdi, past tense of lemja to ...
/lahm, lam/, n. Wifredo /wi fray"doh/ or Wilfredo /wil fray"doh/, 1902-82, Cuban painter in Europe. * * *
Lamentations. * * *
laminated. * * *
/lah"meuh/, n. a priest or monk in Lamaism. [1645-55; < Tibetan lama (sp. bla ma) lit., superior one (in Tibetan applied only to monks of high rank)] * * * In Tibetan Buddhism, ...
—Lamaist, n. —Lamaistic, adj. /lah"meuh iz'euhm/, n. the Buddhism of Tibet and Mongolia, a Mahayana form including non-Buddhist Indian elements as well as elements of the ...
See Lamaism. * * *
See Lamaist. * * *
La Man·cha (lä mänʹchə) A region of south-central Spain. The high, mostly barren plateau is famous as the setting for Cervantes's Don Quixote. * * *
/leuh mahr"/, n. 1. Joseph R., 1857-1916, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1911-16. 2. Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus /kwin"teuhs sin'seuh nat"euhs, ...
Lamar University
▪ university, Texas, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Beaumont, Texas, U.S. It is a member of the Texas State University ...
Lamar, Joseph Rucker
▪ United States jurist born October 14, 1857, Elbert county, Georgia, U.S. died January 2, 1916, Washington, D.C.  associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United ...
Lamar, Lucius Q.C.
▪ United States jurist in full  Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar   born Sept. 17, 1825, Putnam county, Ga., U.S. died Jan. 23, 1893, Vineland, Ga.  American lawyer, ...
Lamar, Mirabeau Buonaparte
born Aug. 16, 1798, Louisville, Ga., U.S. died Dec. 19, 1859, Richmond, Texas U.S. politician. After an unsuccessful career as a merchant in Alabama, he served as secretary to ...
/leuh mahrk"/; Fr. /lann mannrddk"/, n. Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet de /zhahonn bann teest" pyerdd ahonn twannn" deuh maw ne" deuh/, 1744-1829, French naturalist: ...
Lamarck, Jean-Baptiste
▪ French biologist Introduction in full  Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine de Monet, chevalier de Lamarck  born Aug. 1, 1744, Bazentin-le-Petit, Picardy, France died Dec. 18, ...
Lamarck, Jean-Baptiste de Monet, knight de
born Aug. 1, 1744, Bazentin-le-Petit, Picardy, France died Dec. 18, 1829, Paris French biologist. He is credited with the first use of the word biology (1802). He was one of ...
Lamarck,Chevalier de Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet
La·marck (lə-märkʹ, lä-), Chevalier de Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet. 1744-1829. French naturalist whose ideas about evolution influenced Darwin's theory. * * *
/leuh mahr"kee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Jean de Lamarck or his theory of organic evolution. n. 2. a person who holds this theory. [1840-50; LAMARCK + -IAN] * * *
/leuh mahr"kiz euhm/, n. the Lamarckian theory that characteristics acquired by habit, use, or disuse may be passed on to future generations through inheritance. [1880-85; ...
Lamarr, Hedy
▪ 2001 Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler        Austrian-born American actress (b. Nov. 9, 1913, Vienna, Austria—d. Jan. 19, 2000, Orlando, Fla.), possessed such a combination ...
/lann mannrdd teen"/, n. Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de /annl fawonns" mann rddee" lwee deuh prddann deuh/, 1790-1869, French poet, historian, and statesman. * * *
Lamartine, Alphonse de
born Oct. 21, 1790, Mâcon, France died Feb. 28, 1869, Paris French poet and statesman. After brief military service under Louis XVIII, he turned to literature, writing verse ...
Lamartine,Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de
La·mar·tine (lä-mär-tēnʹ), Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de. 1790-1869. French romantic poet who served briefly as minister of foreign affairs (1848). * * *
/lah"mahs/, n. Carlos Saavedra /kahrdd"laws sah'ah ve"drddah/. See Saavedra Lamas, Carlos. * * *
/lah"meuh ser'ee/, n., pl. lamaseries. a monastery of lamas. [1865-70; < F lamaserie.] * * *
In Mesopotamian religion, the most terrible of all female demons. The daughter of the sky god Anu, Lamashtu killed children, consumed human flesh and blood, blighted plants, ...
Lamaze [lə mäz′] n. 〚after F. Lamaze, 20th-c. Fr physician, who developed it〛 a training program in natural childbirth, emphasizing breathing control and relaxation ...
Lamaze method
/leuh mahz"/, Obstet. a method by which an expectant mother is prepared for childbirth by education, psychological and physical conditioning, and breathing exercises. Also called ...
/lam/, n. 1. a young sheep. 2. the meat of a young sheep. 3. a person who is gentle, meek, innocent, etc.: Their little daughter is such a lamb. 4. a person who is easily cheated ...
/lam/, n. 1. Charles ("Elia"), 1775-1834, English essayist and critic. 2. Harold A., 1892-1962, U.S. novelist. 3. Mary Ann, 1764-1847, English author who wrote in collaboration ...
Lamb of God
Christ. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
lamb's ears
pl. lamb's ears. a hardy Middle Eastern plant, Stachys byzantina, of the mint family, having white, wooly leaves and small, purple flowers in dense whorls. * * * or lamb's ...
lamb's lettuce.
See corn salad. [1590-1600] * * *
lamb's quarters
▪ Chenopodium album also called  pigweed   (species Chenopodium album), an annual weed of the amaranth family (Amaranthaceae), of wide distribution in Asia, Europe, and ...
lamb's tail.
See burro's tail. [1880-85] * * *
lamb's tongue
Archit. a molding having a deep, symmetrical profile ending in a narrow edge, as in a sash bar. [1570-80] * * *
lamb's wool
1. a soft, virgin wool possessing superior spinning qualities, shorn from a seven-month-old lamb. 2. a fabric made from this wool. [1545-55] * * *
/lamz'kwawr'teuhrz/, n., pl. lamb's-quarters. the pigweed, Chenopodium album. [1765-75] * * *
lamb's lettuce (lămzʹ) n. See corn salad. * * *
lamb's quarters pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A common weed (Chenopodium album) having lance-shaped leaves with a mealy surface and small green flowers. * * *
lamb's wool n. 1. Wool shorn from a lamb. 2. also lambs·wool (lămzʹwo͝ol') A fabric or yarn made from this wool. * * *
Lamb, Charles
born Feb. 10, 1775, London, Eng. died Dec. 27, 1834, Edmonton, Middlesex English essayist and critic. Lamb was employed as a clerk at East India House (headquarters for the ...
Lamb, Mary Ann
▪ British author born Dec. 3, 1764, London, Eng. died May 20, 1847, London       English writer, known for Shakespear, written with her brother Charles (Lamb, ...
Lamb, Sir Horace
▪ English mathematician born November 27, 1849, Stockport, near Manchester, Eng. died December 4, 1934, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire       English mathematician who ...
Lamb, Sir Larry
▪ 2001 Sir Albert Lamb        British newspaper editor (b. July 15, 1929, Fitzwilliam, Yorkshire, Eng.—d. May 18, 2000, London, Eng.), was credited with inventing ...
Lamb, Sydney M.
▪ American linguist in full  Sydney MacDonald Lamb  born May 4, 1929, Denver, Colo., U.S.       American linguist and originator of stratificational grammar, an ...
Lamb, Willis Eugene, Jr.
▪ 2009       American physicist born July 12, 1913, Los Angeles, Calif. died May 15, 2008, Tucson, Ariz. was corecipient, with Polykarp Kusch, of the 1955 Nobel Prize ...
Lamb, Charles. Known as “Elia.” 1775-1834. British critic and essayist. With his sister Mary Ann Lamb (1764-1847) he wrote the children's book Tales from Shakespeare ...
Lamb, William. Second Viscount Melbourne. 1779-1848. British prime minister (1834 and 1835-1841) and adviser to Queen Victoria. * * *
▪ people also called  Lama  or  Namba        a Bantu-speaking people living in the Kéran River valley and Togo Mountains of northeastern Togo and adjacent areas of ...
/lahm bah"deuh, -dah/, n., pl. lambadas. 1. a Brazilian ballroom dance for couples, with gyrating movements and close interlocking of the partners. 2. music for this ...
Lamballe, Marie-Thérèse-Louise de Savoie-Carignan, Princess de
▪ Italian courtesan born Sept. 8, 1749, Turin, Piedmont [Italy] died Sept. 3, 1792, Paris, Fr.       the intimate companion of Queen Marie-Antoinette of France; she ...
▪ Gabon  city, west-central Gabon, located on an island in the Ogooué River at a point where the river is over half a mile wide. It is a trading and lumbering centre with a ...
/lam bayst", -bast"/, v.t., lambasted, lambasting. Informal. 1. to beat or whip severely. 2. to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate. Also, lambast. [1630-40; appar. ...
/lam"deuh/, n. 1. the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet. 2. the consonant sound represented by this letter. [ < Gk lá(m)bda < Sem; see LAMED] * * *
lambda particle
Physics. any of a family of neutral baryons with strangeness -1 or charm +1, and isotopic spin 0. The least massive member of the lambda family was the first strange particle to ...
lamb·da-b baryon (lămʹdə-bēʹ) n. An electrically neutral baryon having a mass 11,000 times that of the electron and a mean lifetime of approximately 1.1 × 10-12 ...
lamb·da-c baryon (lămʹdə-sēʹ) n. A positively charged baryon having a mass 4,471 times that of the electron and a mean lifetime of approximately 2.1 × 10-13 seconds. * * *
lambda baryon n. An electrically neutral baryon having a mass 2,183 times that of the electron and a mean lifetime of approximately 2.6 × 10-10 seconds. Also called lambda ...
/lam"deuh siz'euhm/, n. Phonet. excessive use of the sound l, its misarticulation, or its substitution for the sound r. Cf. lallation. [1650-60; < L labdacismus < Gk labdakismós ...
lambda point n. The temperature at which the transition from helium I to superfluid helium II occurs, approximately 2.19°K. * * *
/lam"doyd/, adj. having the shape of the Greek capital lambda. Also, lambdoidal. [1590-1600; < NL lambdoides < Gk lambdoeidés. See LAMBDA, -OID] * * *
lambdoidal suture
Anat. the lambda-shaped seam or line of joining between the occipital and two parietal bones at the back part of the skull. [1690-1700] * * *
Lambeau, Curly
▪ American football coach byname of  Earl Louis Lambeau  born April 9, 1898, Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S. died June 1, 1965, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin       American ...
/lam"beuhn see/, n., pl. lambencies for 2. 1. the quality of being lambent. 2. something that is lambent. [1810-20; LAMB(ENT) + -ENCY] * * *
—lambently, adv. /lam"beuhnt/, adj. 1. running or moving lightly over a surface: lambent tongues of flame. 2. dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly ...
See lambency. * * *
▪ dinosaur genus  duck-billed dinosaur (hadrosaur) notable for the hatchet-shaped hollow bony crest on top of its skull. Fossils of this herbivore date to the Late ...
Lambermont, Auguste, Baron
▪ Belgian statesman French in full  François-Auguste, baron de Lambermont , Auguste also spelled  August  born March 25, 1819, Limelette, Neth. (now Belg.) died March 7, ...
/lam"beuhrt/, n. Optics. the centimeter-gram-second unit of luminance or brightness, equivalent to 0.32 candles per square centimeter, and equal to the brightness of a perfectly ...
/lam"beuhrt/; for 2 also Ger. /lahm"berddt/, n. 1. Constant /kon"steuhnt/, 1905-51, English composer and conductor. 2. Johann Heinrich /yoh"hahn huyn"rddikh/, 1728-77, German ...
Lambert (conformal conic) projection
Lambert (conformal conic) projection or Lambert projection [lam′bərt] n. 〚see LAMBERT〛 a map projection in which all meridians are represented by straight lines radiating ...
Lambert conformal projection
Cartog. a conformal projection in which meridians are represented as straight lines converging toward the nearest pole and parallels as arc segments of concentric ...
Lambert Of Hersfeld
▪ German historian born 1025 died c. 1088       chronicler who assembled a valuable source for the history of 11th-century Germany.       Educated in Bamberg, ...
Lambert Of Spoleto
▪ Holy Roman emperor Italian  Lamberto Di Spoleto   died Oct. 15, 898, Marengo, Lombardy [Italy]       duke of Spoleto, king of Italy, and Holy Roman emperor ...
Lambert Simnel
➡ Simnel * * *
Lambert's law
Optics. the law that the luminous intensity of a perfectly diffusing surface in any direction is proportional to the cosine of the angle between that direction and the normal to ...
Lambert, Constant
▪ British composer born Aug. 23, 1905, London died Aug. 21, 1951, London       English composer, conductor, and critic who played a leading part in establishing the ...
Lambert, Eleanor
▪ 2004       American fashion publicist (b. Aug. 10, 1903, Crawfordsville, Ind.—d. Oct. 7, 2003, New York, N.Y.), helped elevate American fashion to international ...
Lambert, François
▪ French religious reformer in full  François Lambert d'Avignon   born 1486, Avignon, France died April 18, 1530, Frankenberg-Eder, Hesse [Germany]       Protestant ...
Lambert, Gerard Barnes
▪ American businessman born , May 15, 1886, St. Louis, Mo., U.S. died Feb. 25, 1967, Princeton, N.J.       American merchandiser and advertiser who marketed his ...
Lambert, Johann Heinrich
▪ Swiss-German scientist and philosopher born August 26, 1728, Mülhausen, Alsace died September 25, 1777, Berlin, Prussia [Germany]  Swiss German mathematician, astronomer, ...
Lambert, John
▪ English general born autumn 1619, Calton, West Riding, Yorkshire, Eng. died March 1684, St. Nicholas Isle, off Plymouth, Devon  a leading Parliamentary general during the ...
Lambert, Piggy
▪ American basketball coach byname of  Ward L. Lambert   born May 28, 1888, Deadwood, S.D., U.S. died Jan. 20, 1958, Lafayette, Ind.       U.S. collegiate basketball ...
Lambert, William G.
▪ 1999       American journalist who shared a 1957 Pulitzer Prize for revealing Teamsters Union corruption and who in 1969, in a Life magazine article, disclosed U.S. ...
▪ Algeria also spelled  Lambèse,  formerly  Lambaesis,  modern  Tazoult-Lambese        an Algerian village notable for its Roman ruins; it is located in the ...
/lam"bith/, n. a borough of Greater London, England. 296,800. * * * ▪ borough, London, United Kingdom  inner borough of London, part of the historic county of Surrey, ...
Lambeth Conference
a convention of the bishops of the Anglican communion, held about every 10 years at Lambeth Palace to confer but not to define doctrine or to legislate on ecclesiastical ...
Lambeth degree
Anglican Ch. an honorary degree conferred by the archbishop of Canterbury in divinity, arts, law, medicine, or music. [1855-60] * * *
Lambeth Palace
the official residence of the archbishop of Canterbury, in Lambeth. * * * ▪ building, London, United Kingdom formerly  Lambeth House         , official London ...
Lambeth Quadrilateral
▪ religion       four points that constitute the basis for union discussions of the Anglican Communion with other Christian groups: acceptance of Holy Scripture as the ...
Lambeth walk
a spirited ballroom dance popular, esp. in England, in the late 1930s. [1935-40] * * *
Lambing Flat Riots
▪ Australian history       (1860–61), wave of anti-Chinese disturbances in the goldfields of New South Wales, Australia, which led to restriction of Chinese ...
/lam"kil'/, n. See sheep laurel. [1805-15, Amer.; LAMB + KILL1; so called because poisonous to sheep] * * * ▪ shrub also called  Dwarf Laurel, Sheep Laurel, or Wicky ...
/lam"kin/, n. 1. a little lamb. 2. a person who is exceptionally sweet, young, and innocent, as a small child. [1570-80; LAMB + -KIN] * * *
/lam"luyk'/, adj. like a lamb; gentle; meek. [1590-1600; LAMB + -LIKE] * * *
Lambof God
Lamb of God n. Christianity Jesus. * * *
Lamborghini, Ferruccio
▪ 1994       Italian industrialist (b. April 28, 1916, Cento, Italy—d. Feb. 20, 1993, Perugia, Italy), founded a luxury car company that produced some of the fastest, ...
/lam"boy'/, n. tonlet. [1540-50; orig. uncert.] * * *
/lam"bri kin, lam"beuhr-/, n. 1. a woven fabric covering for a helmet in medieval times to protect it from heat, rust, etc. 2. a curtain or drapery covering the upper part of an ...
/lam brooh"skoh/; It. /lahm brddooh"skaw/, n. a semisweet, lightly effervescent red wine from Italy. [ < It < L labruscum, fruit of the labrusca vine; see LABRUSCA] * * *
/lam"skin'/, n. 1. the skin of a lamb, esp. when dressed with its wool, and used for clothing. 2. leather made from such skin. 3. parchment made from such skin. [1325-75; ME; see ...
(in full the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) the oldest drama school in London, England, established in 1861. It no longer trains musicians. * * *
lame1 —lamely, adv. —lameness, n. /laym/, adj., lamer, lamest, v., lamed, laming, n. adj. 1. crippled or physically disabled, esp. in the foot or leg so as to limp or walk ...
/la may"/; Fr. /lann may"/, n. an ornamental fabric in which metallic threads, as of gold or silver, are woven with silk, wool, rayon, or cotton. [1920-25; < F, equiv. to lame ...
lame duck
—lame-duck, adj. 1. an elected official or group of officials, as a legislator, continuing in office during the period between an election defeat and a successor's assumption ...
Lame Duck Amendment.
See Twentieth Amendment. * * *
See lame duck. * * *
lame-duck session
/laym"duk"/ (formerly) the December to March session of those members of the U.S. Congress who were defeated for reelection the previous November. [1930-35, Amer.] * * *
—lamebrained, adj. /laym"brayn'/, n. Informal. a dunce; booby; fool. [1925-30; LAME1 + BRAIN] * * *
See lamebrain. * * *
/lay"mik/, n. the son of Enoch, and the father of Jabal, Jubal, and Tubal-cain. Gen. 4:18. * * *
/lah"mid, -med/, n. 1. the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. 2. the consonant sound represented by this letter. [1655-65; < Heb lamedh; cf. LAMBDA] * * *
la·medh (läʹmĭd, -mĕd') n. The 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. See table at alphabet.   [Hebrew lāmed, of Phoenician origin. See lmd in Semitic Roots.] * * *
lame duck n. 1. a. An elected officeholder or group continuing in office during the period between failure to win an election and the inauguration of a successor. b. An ...
lamell- pref. Variant of lamelli-. * * *
/leuh mel"euh/, n., pl. lamellae /-mel"ee/, lamellas. 1. a thin plate, scale, membrane, or layer, as of bone, tissue, or cell walls. 2. Bot. a. an erect scale or blade inserted ...
lamella roof
a vaulted roof composed of lamellae. * * *
▪ musical instrument also called  mbira,  likembe,  kalimba,  or  thumb piano    African musical instrument consisting of a set of tuned metal or bamboo tongues ...
—lamellarly, adv. /leuh mel"euhr, lam"euh leuhr/, adj. 1. referring to a lamella or lamellae. 2. lamellate. 3. noting a type of armor composed of small plates or lames laced ...
See lamellar. * * *
—lamellately, adv. —lamellosity /lam'euh los"i tee/, n. /leuh mel"ayt, lam"euh layt'/, adj. 1. composed of or having lamellae. 2. flat; platelike. Also, lamellated, lamellose ...
See lamellate. * * *
/lam'euh lay"sheuhn/, n. Anat. an arrangement or structure in which there are thin layers, plates, or scales. [1900-05; LAMELL(A) + -ATION] * * *
a combining form representing lamella in compound words: lamelliform. * * *
/leuh mel"euh brangk'/, n. bivalve. [1850-55; < NL Lamellibranchia group name. See LAMELLI-, -BRANCHIA] * * *
/leuh mel"i kawrn'/, Entomol. adj. 1. having antennae with lamellate terminal segments, as beetles of the group Lamellicornia, including the scarabaeids and stag beetles. 2. (of ...
/leuh mel"euh fawrm'/, adj. shaped like a lamella; platelike; scalelike. [1810-20; LAMELLI- + -FORM] * * *
/leuh mel'euh ros"treuhl/, adj. Ornith. having a beak equipped with thin plates or lamellae for straining water and mud from food, as the ducks, geese, swans, and ...
lamellose [lə mel′ōs΄, lam′ə lōs΄] adj. LAMELLATE lamellosity [lam΄əläs′i tē] n. * * *
See lame1. * * *
See lamely. * * *
Lamennais, (Hugues-) Félicité (-Robert de)
born June 19, 1782, Saint-Malo, France died Feb. 27, 1854, Paris French priest and philosopher. With his brother Jean, he sketched a program of church reform in Reflections on ...
Lamennais, Félicité
▪ French priest in full  Hugues-Félicité-Robert de Lamennais  born June 19, 1782, Saint-Malo, France died Feb. 27, 1854, Paris  French priest and philosophical and ...
—lamenter, n. —lamentingly, adv. /leuh ment"/, v.t. 1. to feel or express sorrow or regret for: to lament his absence. 2. to mourn for or over. v.i. 3. to feel, show, or ...
Lament for the Destruction of Ur
▪ Mesopotamian poem       ancient Sumerian composition bewailing the collapse of the 3rd Dynasty of Ur (c. 2112–c. 2004 BC) in southern Mesopotamia. The lament, ...
—lamentableness, n. —lamentably, adv. /leuh men"teuh beuhl, lam"euhn teuh-/, adj. 1. that is to be lamented; regrettable; unfortunate: a lamentable decision. 2. Rare. ...
See lamentable. * * *
/lam'euhn tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of lamenting or expressing grief. 2. a lament. 3. Lamentations, (used with a sing. v.) a book of the Bible, traditionally ascribed to ...
Lamentations [lam΄ən tāshənz] n. 〚LL(Ec) Lamentationes, transl. in Vulg. for Gr thrēnoi, in LXX〛 Bible a book traditionally ascribed to Jeremiah, lamenting the ...
Lamentations of Jeremiah, The
▪ Bible also called  The Lamentations Of Jeremias,         Old Testament book belonging to the third section of the biblical canon, known as the Ketuvim, or Writings. ...
—lamentedly, adv. /leuh men"tid/, adj. mourned for, as a person who is dead: Our late lamented friend. [1605-15; LAMENT + -ED2] * * *
See lamented. * * *
See lament. * * *
lam·er (lāʹmər) n. Slang A person regarded as inept or ineffectual. * * *
Lamerie, Paul de
born April 9, 1688, 's Hertogenbosch, Neth. died Aug. 1, 1751, London, Eng. Dutch-born British silversmith. His Huguenot parents had left France in the early 1680s and settled ...
/leuh mee"seuh/, n. a city in NW Texas. 11,790. * * *
Lameth, Alexandre, comte de
▪ French noble (count of) born Oct. 28, 1760, Paris, Fr. died March 18, 1829, Paris       French nobleman who was a leading advocate of constitutional monarchy in the ...
/lay"mee euh/, n., pl. lamias, lamiae /-mee ee'/ for 1, 2. 1. Class. Myth. one of a class of fabulous monsters, commonly represented with the head and breast of a woman and the ...
▪ plant family also called  Labiatae        the mint family of flowering plants, with 236 genera and more than 7,000 species, the largest family of the order ...
▪ plant order Introduction   mint order of flowering plants, including 23 families and more than 23,000 species. The main families in the order are Lamiaceae, Verbenaceae, ...
See Lamia. * * *
Lamian War
▪ Greek history also called  the Hellenic War (323–322 BC)        conflict in which Athenian independence was lost despite efforts by Athens and its Aetolian ...
/lam"euh neuh/, n., pl. laminae /-nee'/, laminas. 1. a thin plate, scale, or layer. 2. a layer or coat lying over another, as the plates of minerals or bones. 3. Bot. the blade ...
/lam"euh neuh beuhl/, adj. capable of being laminated. [1790-1800; LAMIN(ATE) + -ABLE] * * *
laminal1 /lam"euh nl/, Phonet. adj. 1. (of a speech sound) articulated using the blade of the tongue. n. 2. a laminal speech sound. [ < L lamin(a) blade (see LAME2) + ...
lamina pro·pri·a (prōʹprē-ə) n. A thin vascular layer of connective tissue beneath the epithelium of an organ.   [New Latin lāmina propria: Latin lāmina, lamina + Latin ...
/lam"euh neuhr/, adj. composed of, or arranged in, laminae. Also, laminary /lam"euh ner'ee/. [1800-15; LAMIN(A) + -AR1] * * *
laminar flow
Hydraul., Mech. the flow of a viscous fluid in which particles of the fluid move in parallel layers, each of which has a constant velocity but is in motion relative to its ...
laminar flow n. Nonturbulent flow of a viscous fluid in layers near a boundary, as that of lubricating oil in bearings. * * *
/lam'euh nair"ee euh/, n. any of various often very large kelps of the genus Laminaria, some species of which are the source of algins used as thickening or stabilizing agents in ...
lam·i·nar·in (lăm'ə-nârʹĭn) n. A polymer of glucose that is the principal storage product of brown algae.   [New Latin Lāmināria, kelp genus (from Latin lāmina, thin ...
—laminator, n. v. /lam"euh nayt'/; adj., n. /lam"euh nayt', -nit/, v., laminated, laminating, adj., n. v.t. 1. to separate or split into thin layers. 2. to form (metal) into a ...
/lam"euh nay'tid/, adj. 1. formed of or set in thin layers or laminae. 2. constructed of layers of material bonded together: laminated wood. [1660-70; LAMINATE + -ED2] * * *
/lam'euh nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. act or process of laminating; the state of being laminated. 2. laminated structure; arrangement in thin layers. 3. a lamina. [1670-80; LAMINATE + ...
See laminate. * * *
/lam'euh nek"teuh mee/, n., pl. laminectomies. the surgical removal of part of the posterior arch of a vertebra to provide access to the spinal canal, as for the excision of a ...
Lamington Plateau
▪ plateau, Queensland, Australia       section of the McPherson Range, southeastern Queensland, Australia, near the New South Wales border. With an average elevation of ...
laminin [lam′i nin] n. Biochem. a large glycoprotein that binds epithelial cells to connective tissue * * *
/lam'euh nuy"tis/, n. Vet. Pathol. inflammation of sensitive laminae in the hoof of a horse, caused by stressful events, as trauma, infection, or parturition. [1835-45; < NL; see ...
a combining form representing laminal in compound words. * * *
/lam'euh noh al vee"euh leuhr/, adj. Phonet. 1. articulated with the blade of the tongue approaching the alveolar ridge. n. 2. a lamino-alveolar sound, as the Cockney ...
/lam"euh nohs'/, adj. laminate; laminar. [1820-30; LAMIN(A) + -OSE1] * * *
/lam"euh neuhs/, adj. laminate; laminose. [1790-1800; LAMIN(A) + -OUS] * * *
La Mi·ra·da (lä' mə-räʹdə) A city of southern California southeast of Los Angeles. It is primarily residential. Population: 40,452. * * *
/lam"i steuhr/, n. Slang. lamster. * * *
/lay"mee euhm/, n. any of several plants belonging to the genus Lamium, of the mint family, some species of which have whitish or variegated leaves and are cultivated as ...
/lam"euhs/, n. 1. a former festival in England, held on August 1, in which bread made from the first harvest of corn was blessed. 2. a festival (Feast of St. Peter's Chains) ...
Lammas Day
➡ quarter days * * *
Lammasch, Heinrich
▪ Austrian statesman born May 21, 1853, Seitenstetten, Austria died Jan. 6, 1920, Salzburg       jurist who served briefly as Austrian prime minister during the last ...
/lam"euhs tuyd'/, n. the season of Lammas. [1300-50; ME; see LAMMAS, TIDE1] * * *
/lam"euhr guy'euhr, -guyeur'/, n. the largest Eurasian bird of prey, Gypaëtus barbatus, ranging in the mountains from southern Europe to China, having a wingspread of 9 to 10 ...
Lamming, George
▪ West Indian author in full  George William Lamming   born June 8, 1927, Carrington Village, near Bridgetown, Barbados       West Indian novelist and essayist who ...
▪ county, Vermont, United States       county, north-central Vermont, U.S. Its topography is mountainous, with the main ridge of the Green Mountains traversing the ...
/leuh mont"/, n. a male given name. * * *
Lamont, Corliss
▪ 1996       U.S. humanist philosopher, author, and socialist, who was the son of the chairman of the J.P. Morgan investment bank but devoted his life to fighting for ...
Lamont, Johann von
▪ German astronomer born Dec. 13, 1805, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scot. died Aug. 6, 1879, Munich, Ger.       Scottish-born German astronomer noted for discovering that ...
Lamont, Thomas William
▪ American banker born Sept. 30, 1870, Claverack, N.Y., U.S. died Feb. 2, 1948, Boca Grande, Fla.       American banker and financier who began his career by ...
Lamontagne-Beauregard, Blanche
▪ Canadian poet born 1889, Les Escoumains, Que., Can. died 1958, Canada       French-Canadian poet who is recognized as the first important female poet of French ...
Lamoricière, Christophe-Louis-Leon Juchault de
▪ French general born Feb. 5, 1806, Nantes, Fr. died Sept. 11, 1865, Prouzel       French general and administrator noted for his part in the conquest of ...
Lamour, Dorothy
▪ 1997       (MARY LETA DOROTHY SLATON), U.S. actress (b. Dec. 10, 1914, New Orleans, La.—d. Sept. 22, 1996, Los Angeles, Calif.), was best remembered by filmgoers as ...
/lann mooh rddue"/, n. Charles /shannrddl/, 1834-99, French violinist and conductor. * * *
Lamoureux, Lucien
▪ 1999       Canadian politician whose service as speaker of the House of Commons, from 1966 to 1974, was the longest in Canada's history; he later was ambassador to ...
—lampless, adj. /lamp/, n. 1. any of various devices furnishing artificial light, as by electricity or gas. Cf. fluorescent lamp, incandescent lamp. 2. a container for an ...
lamp oil
South Midland and Southern U.S. kerosene. * * *
lamp shell
a mollusklike marine animal; brachiopod. Also, lampshell. [1850-55; so called because its shape was thought to resemble that of an ancient Roman oil lamp] * * *
lamp shells
▪ animal Introduction also called  brachiopod,         any member of the phylum Brachiopoda, a group of bottom-dwelling marine invertebrates. They are covered by two ...
lamp trimmer
a sailor responsible for keeping the oil lamps of a ship burning brightly, esp. the deck and navigation lamps. [1880-85] * * *
/lam"pad/, n. lamp or candlestick. [1790-1800; < Gk lampad- (s. of lampás) lamp; see LAMP] * * *
/lam'peuh dair", lahm'-/, n. a pedestal of the Empire period for a lamp or candelabrum. [1720-30; < F < ML lampadarium. See LAMPAD, -ARY] * * *
/lam"pahng"/, n. a city in NW Thailand. 36,486. * * * ▪ Thailand also called  Lakhon , or  Nakhon Lampang        city, northern Thailand, located about 45 miles ...
/lam"peuhs/, n. Vet. Pathol. congestion of the mucous membrane of the hard palate of horses. Also lampers. [1515-25; < MF: disease of horses, OF: disease (of men) with great ...
Lampasan Series
▪ geochronology       division of Pennsylvanian rocks and time in the south central and southwestern U.S., especially Texas (the Pennsylvanian Period, roughly equivalent ...
/lamp"blak'/, n. a fine black pigment consisting of almost pure carbon collected as soot from the smoke of burning oil, gas, etc. [1590-1600; LAMP + BLACK] * * *
lamp·brush chromosome (lămpʹbrŭsh') n. A large chromosome found especially in the immature eggs of amphibians, consisting of two long strands that form many brushlike loops ...
/lam'pi dooh"seuh, -zeuh/; It. /lahm'pe dooh"zah/, n. 1. Giuseppe (Tomasi) di /jooh zep"pe taw mah"zee dee/, 1896-1957, Italian novelist. 2. an island in the Mediterranean, ...
Lampedusa Island
▪ island, Italy Italian  Isola di Lampedusa,  Latin  Lopadussa        largest island (area 8 square miles [21 square km]) of the Isole (islands) Pelagie (Pelagie ...
lamper eel
/lam"peuhr/ lamprey. [1700-10] * * *
lam·per eel (lămʹpər) n. See lamprey.   [Alteration of lamprey.] * * *
/lam"peuhrz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) Vet. Pathol. lampas. * * *
Lampert, Edward S.
▪ 2006       On March 25, 2005, investor Edward S. Lampert saw the completion of a deal that stunned the retail industry when it was first announced in November 2004: ...
Lamphere, Robert Joseph
▪ 2003       American government agent (b. Feb. 14, 1918, Wardner, Idaho—d. Jan. 7, 2002, Tucson, Ariz.), as a counterintelligence specialist for the FBI, supervised ...
▪ Thailand also spelled  Lampoon        town, northern Thailand. Lamphun is an old walled town on the Kuang River, 16 miles (26 km) south of Chiang Mai. Although ...
/lam"pee euhn/, n. a small lamp, esp. a small oil lamp with a tinted glass chimney, formerly very popular as a source of illumination on carriages. [1840-50; < F < It lampione ...
/lamp"luyt'/, n. the light thrown by a lamp. [1570-80; LAMP + LIGHT1] * * *
/lamp"luy'teuhr/, n. 1. a person employed to light and extinguish street lamps, esp. those burning gas. 2. a contrivance for lighting lamps. [1740-50; LAMP + LIGHTER] * * *
Lampman, Archibald
▪ Canadian poet born Nov. 17, 1861, Morpeth, Ont. died Feb. 10, 1899, Ottawa  Canadian poet of the Confederation group, whose most characteristic work sensitively records ...
lamp oil n. See kerosene. * * *

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