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Labanotation
a system of movement notation, using symbols on a staff, that records the parts of a dancer's body, direction inspace, dynamics, and tempo for all kinds of movement: used to record and reconstruct forms of dance and movement.
Labiate
having parts that are shaped or arranged like lips; lipped.
Labyrinthodont
any member of several orders of small to large lizardlike terrestrial and freshwater amphibians, some ancestral to land vertebrates, forming the extinct subclass Labyrinthodonta that flourished from the Devonian through the Triassic periods, characterized by a solid, flattened skull and conical teeth.
Lac
a resinous substance deposited on the twigs of various trees in southern Asia by the female of the lac insect: used in the manufacture of varnishes, sealing wax, etc., and in the production of a red coloring matter.
Lachrymose
suggestive of or tending to cause tears; mournful.
Laciniate
cut into narrow, irregular lobes; slashed; jagged.
Lactescent
becoming or being milky.
Lagniappe
Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas. a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus.
Laissez-passer
a permit; pass, especially one issued in lieu of a passport.
Lapidary
an expert in precious stones and the art or techniques used in cutting and engraving them.
Lam
to beat; thrash.
Lambada
a Brazilian ballroom dance for couples, with gyrating movements and close interlocking of the partners.
Lambaste
to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.
Lammastide
the season of Lammas. a former festival in England, held on August 1, in which bread made from the first harvest of corn was blessed.
Language isolate
is a natural language with no demonstrable genealogical (or "genetic") relationship with other languages
Langue d'oc
The Romance language; medieval provincial dialects of French formerly spoken in the south of France.
Languor
lack of energy or vitality; sluggishness.
Lanyard
a short rope or wire rove through deadeyes to hold and tauten standing rigging.
Laodicean
lukewarm or indifferent, especially in religion, as were the early Christians of Laodicea.
Labtebricole
living in holes
Lava
the molten, fluid rock that issues from a volcano or volcanic vent.
Lazar
a person infected with a disease, especially leprosy.
Lefse
a round Norwegian flatbread resembling a tortilla, made with mashed potatoes and flour.
Leishmaniasis
any infection caused by a protozoan of the genus Leishmania.
Leporine
of, pertaining to, or resembling a rabbit or hare.
Lepton
an aluminum coin of modern Greece until the euro was adopted, the 100th part of a drachma.
Lexicon
a wordbook or dictionary, especially of Greek, Latin, or hebrew.
Libation
a pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity.
Licorice
the sweet-tasting, dried root of this plant or an extract made from it, used in medicine, confectionery, etc.
Liminal
of, pertaining to, or situated at the limen.
Lithe
bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible
Lithograph
the art or process of producing a picture, writing, or the like, on a flat, specially prepared stone, with some greasy or oily substance, and of taking ink impressions from this as in ordinary printing.
Livid
having a discolored, bluish appearance caused by a bruise, congestion of blood vessels, strangulation, etc., as the face, flesh, hands, or nails.
Lobelia
any herbaceous or woody plant of the genus Lobelia, having long clusters of blue, red, yellow, or white flowers.
Loess
a loamy deposit formed by wind, usually yellowish and calcareous, common in the Mississippi Valley and in Europe and Asia.
Logarithm
the exponent of the power to which a base number must be raised to equal a given number
Logy
lacking physical or mental energy or vitality; sluggish; dull; lethargic.
Loki
a trickster god, born of Jotun ancestry but accepted among the Aesir as Odin's adopted brother: father of the monsters Fenrir, Hel, and the Midgard serpent, and the instigator of Balder's death.
Loup-garou
a werewolf; lycanthrope.
Love
a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
Ludic
playful in an aimless way
Lues
syphilis.
Luff
the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
Lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner
Luge
a one- or two-person sled for coasting or racing down a chute, used especially in Europe.
Lumbago
pain in the lower, or lumbar, region of the back or loins, especially chronic or recurring pain.
Lumen
the unit of luminous flux, equal to the luminous flux emitted in a unit solid angle by a point source of one candle intensity.
Luminescent
the emission of light not caused by incandescence and occurring at a temperature below that of incandescent bodies.
Lumma
100 lumma equal 1 dram in Armenia
Lummox
a clumsy, stupid person.
Lumpen
of or pertaining to disfranchised and uprooted individuals or groups, especially those who have lost status
Lunatic
a person whose actions and manner are marked by extreme eccentricity or recklessness.
Lunette
any of various objects or spaces of crescentlike or semicircular outline or section.
Lungfish
any of various slender, air-breathing fishes of the order (or subclass) Dipnoi, of rivers and lakes in Africa, South America, and Australia, having a lunglike air bladder as well as gills and growing to a length of 3 to 6 feet
Lupercalia
a festival held in ancient Rome on the 15th of February to promote fertility and ward off disasters.
Lupine
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Lupinus, of the legume family, as L. albus (white lupine) of Europe, bearing edible seeds, or L. perennis, of the eastern U.S., having tall, dense clusters of blue, pink, or white flowers.
Lupus
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a long-term autoimmune disorder that may affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs. Symptoms vary from person to person, and may come and go.
Lustrate
to purify by a propitiatory offering or other ceremonial method.
Lutefisk
made from air-dried or salted/dried whitefish (normally cod, but ling is also used), prepared with lye, in a sequence of particular treatments.
Luxe
luxury; elegance; sumptuousness
Lycanthrope
a werewolf or alien spirit in the physical form of a bloodthirsty wolf.
Lycee
a secondary school, especially in France, maintained by the government.
Lye
a highly concentrated, aqueous solution of potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide.
Lyme
an acute inflammatory disease caused by a tick-borne spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi , characterized by recurrent episodes of decreasing severity in which joint swelling, fever, and rash occur, sometimes with cardiac or nervous system complications.
Lymphatic
(of persons) having the characteristics, as flabbiness or sluggishness, formerly believed to be due to an excess of lymph in the system.
Lymphocyte
a type of white blood cell having a large, spherical nucleus surrounded by a thin layer of nongranular cytoplasm.
Lynch law
the administration of summary punishment, especially death, upon a suspected, accused, or convicted person by a mob acting without legal process or authority.
Lynx
any of several wildcats of the genus Lynx (or Felis ), having long limbs, a short tail, and usually tufted ears, especially L. lynx (Canada lynx) of Canada and the northern U.S., having grayish-brown fur marked with white.
Lyre
a musical instrument of ancient Greece consisting of a soundbox made typically from a turtle shell, with two curved arms connected by a yoke from which strings are stretched to the body, used especially to accompany singing and recitation.
Lyric
(of poetry) having the form and musical quality of a song, and especially the character of a songlike outpouring of the poet's own thoughts and feelings, as distinguished from epic and dramatic poetry.
Lysergic acid
a crystalline solid, C 16 H 16 N 2 O 2 , obtained from ergot or synthesized: used in the synthesis of LSD.
Lysis
the dissolution or destruction of cells by lysins.