Dictionary: LAKE – LAM'EL-LATE, or LAM'EL-LA-TED

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LAKE, n.

A name of all those colors which consist of a vegetable dye, combined by precipitation with a white earthy basis, which is usually alumina. – Ure.

LAKE, n. [G. lache, a puddle; Fr. lac; L. lacus; Sp. and It. lago; Sax. luh; Scot. loch; Ir. lough; Ice. laugh. A lake is a stand of water, from the root of lay. Hence L. lagena, Eng. flagon, and Sp. laguna, lagoon.]

  1. A large and extensive collection of water contained in a cavity or hollow of the earth. It differs from a pond in size, the latter being a collection of small extent; but sometime a collection of water is called a pond or a lake indifferently North America contains some of the largest lakes on the globe, particularly the Was Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior.
  2. A middle color between ultramarine and vermilion, made of cochineal. – Dryden.

LAKE, v.i. [Sw. leka; Dan. leger; Goth. laikon.]

To play; to sport. North of England. This is play, Sax. plegan, without a prefix.


A little lake. – Mrs. Butler.


Resembling a lake. – Mrs. Butler.

LAK'Y, a.

Pertaining to a lake or lakes. – Sherwood.

LAL-LA'TION, n. [Letter l.]

An imperfect pronunciation of the letter r, which utters it like l.

LAMA, n.

  1. The sovereign pontiff, or rather the god of the Asiatic Tartars. – Encyc.
  2. A ruminant mammal, called by naturalists Auchenia Glama, inhabiting Peru and the Southern Andes. It is nearly allied to the camel, and has been domesticated and used as a beast of burden.


The popular name of an herbivorous cetaceous genus of animals, comprising two species, Manatus Americanus of South America, and Manatus Senegalensis of Western Africa.

LAMB, n. [lam; Goth. lamb; Sax. lamb; D. Dan. lam; G. lamm; Sw. lamb. The letter b is casual and useless. I suspect the word to signify a shoot, as in other cases of the young of animals, from a root which is retained in the Welsh llamu, to bound, to skip.]

  1. The young of the sheep kind.
  2. The Lamb of God, in Scripture, the Savior Jesus Christ, who was typified by the paschal lamb. Behold the lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world. John 1.

LAMB, v.t.

To bring forth young, as sheep.

LAM'BA-TIVE, a. [L. lambo, to lick; W. llaib, lleibiaw, to lap.]

Taken by licking. [Little used.] – Brown.


A medicine taken by licking with the tongue. – Wiseman.

LAMBENT, a. [L. lambens, lambo, to lick.]

Playing about; touching lightly; gliding over; as, a lambent flame. – Dryden.

LAMB-KIN, n. [lam'kin.]

A small lamb. – Gay.

LAMB-LIKE, a. [lam'like.]

Like a lamb; gentle; humble; meek as, a lamblike temper.

LAMB'S-WOOL, n. [said to be corrupted from la mas ubhal, the day of the apple fruit.]

Ale mixed with sugar, nutmeg, and the pulp of roasted apples. – Burton.

LAM-DOID'AL, a. [Gr. λαμβδα, the name of the letter Λ, and ειδος, form.]

In the form of the Greek Λ, the English L; as, the lamdoidal suture. – Sharp.

LAME, a. [Sax. lame or lama; G. lahm; D. Dan. lam; Sw. lahm. It is probably allied to limp.]

  1. Crippled or disabled in a limb, or otherwise injured so as to be unsound and impaired in strength; as, a lame arm or leg, or a person lame in one leg.
  2. Imperfect; not satisfactory; as, a lame excuse. – Swift.
  3. Hobbling; not smooth; as numbers in verse. Dryden.

LAME, v.t.

To make lame; to cripple or disable; to render imperfect and unsound; as, to lame an arm or a leg. – Dryden.

LAM'ED, pp.

Made lame; crippled.

LAM'EL, n. [L. lamella; W. llavyn. See Lamin.]

A thin plate or scale of any thing.

LAM'EL-LAR, a. [from lamel.]

Disposed in thin plates or scales.


In thin plates or scales.


Formed in thin plates or scales, or covered with them.