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la maladie sans maladie       the sickness without sickness; hypochondria

labarum                       moral standard; ecclesiastical banner bearing Christ's monogram

labefactation                 a weakening decay; overthrow

labefaction                   a weakening or impairment esp. of moral principles or civil order; downfall, overthrow

labeorphilist                 a collector of beer bottles

labeorphily                   collection and study of beer bottle labels

labidometer                   instrument for measuring size of the head of a fetus

labile                        adaptable; unstable

lability                      susceptibility to change; instability; unstableness

labiomancy                    lip reading

labret                        lip ornament

labrose                       having large or thick lips

lac                           dark red transparent resin used to make shellac

laccolith                     mass of igneous rock intruded between two sedimentary beds

lacertiform                   shaped like a lizard

lacertilian                   of, like or pertaining to lizards

lachanophobia                 the fear of vegetables

laches                        negligence or undue delay in fulfilling legal duty

lachrymatory                  narrow-necked bottle or vase

lachrymiform                  shaped like a tear

lachrymogenic                 causing tears or weeping

lachrymose                    shedding tears; weeping or inclined to weep

lachschlaganfall              a condition in which a person falls unconscious due to excessive laughter

laciniate                     cut into narrow lobes; slashed; fringed; having edges cut into narrow fringelike segments

laciniform                    shaped like a fringe

lacis                         network

lackaday                      expression of regret or deprecation

lackwit                       a dull or witless person; blockhead, fool, yahoo, thickwit, dope, nitwit, dimwit, half-wit

laconicum                     sauna

lactarium                     dairy farm or milking operation

lacteous                      milky

lactescent                    secreting milk

lactiferous                   milk-bearing; flowing with milk

lactogenic                    producing milk

lactometer                    instrument for testing relative density of milk

lactoscope                    instrument for measuring purity or richness of milk

lacuna                        a blank space or missing part, a gap

lacunar                       sunken panel or coffer in a ceiling

lacuscular                    of, like or pertaining to pools

lacustrine                    of, like or pertaining to lakes

ladronism                     banditry; robbery

laeotropic                    turning to the left

laetificant                   an anti-depressant

laevoduction                  movement leftwards

lagan                         1. cargo jettisoned from ship but marked by buoys for recovery

lagan                         2. wreckage or goods at the bottom of the sea

lagena                        a flask

lageniform                    shaped like a flask

lagerphone                    a long pole with a cross-piece at one end, to which numerous beer-caps are loosely nailed, producing a jingling noise when shaken or struck

lagniappe                     a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of purchase; broadly, something given or obtained gratuitously

lagostoma                     harelip

lagotic                       having ears like a hare's

laic                          of, like or pertaining to lay people rather than clergy

laicisation                   process of returning a clergyman to lay status

laicism                       doctrine of opposition to clergy and priests

lairwite                      fine given to married women for adultery

laitance                      milky deposit on top of fresh concrete

lallation                     childish speech; mispronunciation of speech sounds

lalochezia                    the use of foul or abusive language to relieve stress or ease pain

lalophobia                    the fear of speaking

lambdoid                      shaped like the letter lambda (^) or "l"

lambent                       flickering; softly radiant; marked by brilliance of expression

lambert                       unit of brightness of light

lambitive                     taken by licking up with the tongue

lambrequin                    drapery over a window or doorway; veil over a helmet

lamé                          fabric in which metallic threads are interwoven

lamella                       thin plate or layer

lamelliform                   shaped like a plate or layer

lamia                         a female demon; vampire

lamiaceous                    minty; of, like or pertaining to the mint plant

lamina                        thin plate or layer

laminary                      of, like or pertaining to thin plates or layer

lamister                      fugitive

lammergeier                   giant vulture-like bird of prey

lampad                        lamp, candlestick or torch

lampadedromy                  a torch-race; a race (on foot or horseback) in which a lighted torch was passed from hand to hand

lampadephore                  torchbearer

lampadomancy                  fortunetelling by flame

lamping                       flashing, beaming, resplendent

lampion                       decorated oil lamp

lamprophony                   speaking in loud and clear tones

lampyridine                   of, like or pertaining or pertaining to glow-worms or fireflies

lamster                       fugitive

lanai                         private balcony in a hotel room

lanameter                     instrument for measuring quality of wool

lanate                        woolly

lanceolate                    tapering from a rounded base toward an apex; lance-shaped, eg lanceolate leaves

lanciform                     shaped like a lance

lancinate                     to lacerate; to pierce

lancination                   sharp; shooting pain

landau                        horse-drawn carriage with folding top

landocracy                    government by the propertied class; timocracy

langlauf                      cross-country skiing or running

langlaufer                    a cross-country skier

langley                       unit of solar radiation

languescent                   growing languid

languet                       tongue-like object or part

languor                       listlessness; weariness

laniary                       of teeth or claws designed for tearing (canine teeth)

laniferous                    wool-bearing

lant                          to mingle ale with stale urine to make it strong

lanterloo                     used as a meaningless refrain

lanuginose                    downy; covered with fine soft hair

lanyard                       1. cord for hanging a knife or whistle around the neck

lanyard                       2. rope or line for fastening something in a ship

laocoon                       one that struggles heroically with crushing or baffling difficulties

Laodicean                     indifferent or lukewarm, esp. in matters of religion or politics

lapactic                      purgative

laparoscope                   instrument for viewing interior of peritoneal cavity

lapicide                      stonecutter

lapidable                     worthy of being stoned

lapidarian                    of, like or pertaining to stones; inscribed on stones

lapidary                      sculptured in or inscribed upon stone; gem-cutting or forming

lapidate                      to stone a person to death

lapideous                     stony

lapidescent                   becoming stone; petrifying

lapidicolous                  living under rocks

lapifidication                petrifaction

lapilliform                   shaped like a small stone

lapillus                      small stone ejected by volcanic eruption

lapling                       one who enjoys resting in women's laps

lappaceous                    prickly

lappet                        fold or flap on a garment or headdress worn by priest

laquearia                     panelled ceiling

lar                           local God of a house

larboard                      left side of a ship

lardaceous                    of, like or pertaining to lard

lares                         local Roman Gods

largifical                    ample; bountiful

largiloquent                  full of words; grandiloquent

larging                       the wasteful spending of money received through an inheritance, loan, or gift

largition                     giving of largess

larine                        of, like or pertaining to gulls

larithmics                    study of population statistics

larmoyant                     tearful, weepy; lachrymose

laroid                        of, like or pertaining to gulls

larrigan                      high oil-tanned leather boot or moccasin

larrikin                      hoodlum, rowdy

larrup                        to flog or thrash

larvicide                     killing of larvae

larviparous                   giving birth to larvae

larvivorous                   feeding on larvae

laryngology                   study of larynx

laryngoscope                  instrument for examining interior of the larynx

lasher                        weir

lassitude                     state of being tired or weary

lastage                       room for stowing goods in a ship

lasting                       sturdy cotton or worsted cloth

latebricole                   living in holes

lateen                        triangular sail rigged on ship's spar

laterigrade                   running or moving sideways

lateritious                   brick-red

latescent                     becoming latent

latibulize                    to hibernate; to retreat and lie hidden

laticiferous                  containing or conveying latex

latidentate                   having broad teeth

latifundia                    great landed estates

latifundium                   a great landed estate with primitive agriculture

latinitaster                  a petty scholar of latin

latipennate                   having broad wings

latitant                      lurking; lying in wait; hibernating

latitat                       writ based on supposition that person is in hiding

latitudinarian                a person who tolerates all religions or beliefs

latitudinarianism             doctrine of broad liberality in religious belief and conduct

latitudinous                  broad or wide interpretation

lative                        indicating motion up to or as far as

latrant                       barking

latrate                       to bark like a dog

latration                     the act of yelping or barking

latria                        highest degree of veneration, assigned to God over saints

latrinalia                    graffiti found in restrooms; hence, latrinologist

latrinology                   the study of writings on restroom walls

latrocinate                   to engage in highway robbery

latrocination                 highway robbery or overcharging people

latten                        metal in thin plates

latticinio                    glass having white veins

laudanum                      an opium preparation

lauds                         prayer service held at dawn following matins

lauriferous                   bearing laurels

lautenclavicymbel             lute harpsichord with gut strings

lautitious                    sumptuous

lavabo                        ceremony in which priest washes his hands; basin for the ceremony

lavacultophilia               the desire to stare at someone in a bathing suit

lavadero                      place for washing gold ore

lavaliere                     jeweled pendant worn round the neck; pendant microphone

lavatory                      wash-basin for washing bodies of newly dead; room where lavabo kept

laveer                        to sail against the wind

laver                         large vessel for washing, especially for ritual purification

lavic                         of, like or pertaining to lava

lavolta                       lively bouncy dance for two persons

lavra                         group of recluses' cells

lawn                          fine sheer plain-woven cotton or linen

laxism                        belief that an unlikely opinion may be safely followed

layette                       baby's complete set of clothing

laystall                      place for depositing dung or rubbish

lazar                         leper or person with similar pestilential disease

lazaret                       space in ship between decks used for storage

lazaretto                     hospital for lepers

lea                           arable land left fallow or used for pasture

lebensfreude                  keen enjoyment; zest; joie de vivre

lecanomancy                   fortunetelling using water in a basin or pool

lecanoscopy                   staring at pool of water as means of self-hypnosis

lecithal                      having a yolk

lectern                       desk or stand from which church lessons are read

lection                       reading; lesson read in church

lectisternium                 sacrifice where images of Gods placed on couches and offered food

lectrice                      female reader in church

lectual                       requiring bed rest or confinement to bed

leeboard                      wood or metal planes attached to hull to prevent leeway

leech                         a vertical edge of a square sail

lees                          the sediment that settles at the bottom of a liquid, esp. a fermented liquid such as wine; dregs

legalism                      belief that salvation depends on strict adherence to the law

legatine                      of, like or pertaining to a legate

legerdemain                   slight of hand; magic tricks

legerity                      agility of mind or of limb; nimbleness

leggiadrous                   being graceful or elegant

legist                        person knowledgeable about the law

leguleian                     an attorney whose methods are underhanded, petty and disreputable

leiotrichous                  straight-haired

leister                       three-pronged spear or trident used for fishing

leman                         a lover, sweetheart or paramour

lemma                         preliminary proposition, theme, argument or headword

lemures                       spirits of unburied dead exorcised from homes in early Roman religious rites

lemurine                      of, like or pertaining to lemurs

lenify                        to mitigate or assuage

lenitive                      capable of easing pain or discomfort; anything that softens or soothes; a palliative

lenity                        mildness; clemency

leno                          open-woven fabric

lentic                        associated with standing water

lentiform                     shaped like a lens

lentiginose                   minutely dotted; freckled

lentiginous                   covered with freckles; freckled

lentigo                       freckle

lentitude                     lethargy; slowness

lentor                        sluggishness; viscidity

leonine                       of or like a lion; rhyming last two or three syllables in a line

leontiasis                    form of leprosy in which the face becomes wrinkly and somewhat lion-like

leopon                        crossbreed between a leopard and a lion

lepadoid                      resembling a barnacle

lepid                         pleasant; charming; amusing

lepidine                      composed of scales

lepidophobia                  the fear of butterflies

lepidopterology               study of butterflies and moths

lepidopterous                 having four wings, such as a moth or butterfly

leporiform                    resembling or shaped like a hare

leporine                      of, like or pertaining to the hare

leprology                     study of leprosy

leprosarium                   hospital for lepers

leprose                       scaly; scurfy

leptochrous                   abnormally thick-skinned

leptology                     a minute and tedious discourse on trivial matters

leptometer                    instrument for measuring oil viscosity

leptorrhinian                 having a long narrow nose

leptosome                     person with a slight or slender build

lestobiosis                   the act of pilfering food

lethe                         oblivion; forgetfulness

lethean                       a state of oblivion or forgetfulness

lethiferous                   causing death; carrying or bearing death

lethologica                   inability to remember the right word

lethologica                   the inability to recall a precise word for something

lethonomia                    the tendency to forget names

leucochroic                   white or pale-coloured

leucomelanous                 having dark hair and eyes but fair skin

leucous                       albino; having fair or pale hair or complexion

leukophobia                   the fear of the color white

levant                        to run away from a debt

leveret                       a hare in its first year; a mistress

levigate                              to smooth; to grind to a fine powder; to polish; to lighten

levin                         lightning; a flash of lightning; also, any bright light or flame

levirate                      custom of compulsory marriage with brother's widow

levophobia                    the fear of the left side or things to the left

lexer                         law student

lexicographicolatry           reverence for the dictionary

lexicology                    study of words and their meanings

lexiconophilist               a collector of dictionaries and word books

lexigram                      sign which represents a word

lexigraphy                    system of writing in which each sign represents a word

lexiphanic                    bombastic; sesquipedalian; using many long words

lexiphanicism                 showing off by using words

lexis                         way in which a piece of writing is expressed in words

ley                           mystical straight line between features of landscape

liard                         grey; dapple-grey

lias                          fossil-bearing limestone

libaniferous                  yielding or bearing incense

libanomancy                   fortunetelling by watching incense smoke

libanotophorous               producing incense

libeccio                      southwest wind

libellant                     one who brings a charge of libel

liber                         phloem or fibre from tree

liberticidal                  destructive of liberty

liberticide                   the destruction of liberty

libertinage                   debauchery

libidinist                    lewd person

libken                        place to sleep in

librate                       to oscillate; to be poised

libration                     apparent oscillation of moon's visible surface

libricide                     the slaughter (destruction) of books

libriform                     like a book

librocubicularist             one who reads in bed

lichenology                   study of lichens

licitation                    the act of selling or bidding at auction

lickerish                     greedy, desirous; lecherous; lusty

lickpenny                     an absorber or devourer of money

lick-spigot                   one who licks the spigot; a contemptuous name for a tapster or drawer (tavern keeper); also, a revolting parasite

lickspittle                   a fawning subordinate; toady

lictor                        ancient Roman magistrate's attendant

lido                          bathing beach; open-air swimming pool

lief                          soon; gladly

lienal                        of, like or pertaining to the spleen

lientery                      discharge of partially digested food

ligation                      the act of binding; the state of being bound

ligger                        horizontal timber of a scaffolding

lighter                       large open boat used in loading and unloading ships

lighterage                    cargo carried by or fee for carrying cargo by lighter

ligneous                      woody; wooden

ligniform                     of the form or shape of wood

lignify                       to make woody; to turn into wood

ligniperdous                  destructive of wood

lignite                       woody coal

lignivorous                   feeding on wood

ligulate                      resembling or shaped like a strap

ligyrophobia                  the fear of loud noises

lilapsophobia                 the fear or hurricanes, cyclones, or tornadoes

limaciform                    slug-like

limacine                      relating to, or resembling a slug

limacology                    study of slugs

limacology                    the branch of zoology which deals with slugs; hence, limacologist

limation                      polishing or smoothing; correction of astronomical errors

limax                         slug

limbate                       possessing a border

limbeck                       to wear yourself out trying to come up with new ideas

limberham                     one who has 'limber hams', a supple-jointed person; fig. an obsequious person; lackey

limbus                        border

limerance                     the initial exhilarating rush of falling in love – the state of being in love

limicoline                    living on a shore; of, like or pertaining to wading birds

limicolous                    living in mud or slime

liminal                       of or relating to a sensory threshold; barely perceptible

limitrophe                    near the frontier or border

limivorous                    swallowing mud for the organic matter it contains

limmer                        scoundrel; prostitute

limn                          to portray, paint or delineate

limner                        painter of portraits

limnetic                      living in fresh water; pertaining to fresh water

limnobiology                  study of freshwater ecosystems

limnologist                   one who studies lakes

limnology                     study of bodies of fresh water such as lakes or ponds

limnophilous                  living in ponds or marshes

limnophobia                   the fear of lakes

limoniad                      meadow nymph

limophoitos                   insanity due to lack of food

limosis                       abnormally ravenous appetite

limous                        muddy; slimy

limpid                        clear; transparent

linaceous                     of, like or pertaining to flax

linchpin                      person or thing vital to an organization

lincrusta                     thick embossed wallpaper

lindy hop                     lively dance closely resembling the jitterbug and famous for its aerials

lineament                     distinctive feature or characteristic

lineolate                     marked with fine lines

linguacious                   talkative, loquacious

lingual                       of, like or pertaining to language, speech or the tongue

linguaphile                   a lover of language and words

linguiform                    shaped like a tongue

linonophobia                  the fear of string

linsey                        coarse linen and wool blend

linsey-woolsey                thin coarse fabric of wool and linen

lintel                        horizontal beam supporting the load above a door

lioncelle                     small lion used as a bearing

lionism                       lion-like appearance symptomatic of leprosy

lipogram                      a bit of writing which contains words lacking a particular letter

lipogrammatist                a writer of lipograms

lipography                    accidental omission of letter or syllable in wrting

lipomatosis                   obesity

lipothymy                     swoon

lippitude                     sore or bleary eyes

lipsanographer                one who writes about relics

lipsanotheca                  container for relics

liquate                       to melt; to subject to liquation

liquescent                    becoming liquid

liquifacient                  liquifying agent

liquifaction                  the act of liquefying something

liripipe                      1. the long tail of a hood in medieval or academic costume

liripipe                      2. a lesson or role to be learned or spoken

liripipe                      3. a silly person

liripoop                      the tail of a graduate's hood

lirk                          a fold in the skin; a wrinkle

lirp                          to snap one's fingers

lirt                          deception, trick

lissome                       lithe; nimble; flexible

lissotrichous                 smooth-haired

listful                       inclined to listen, attentive

litany                        prayer of supplication in responsive style

literatim                     letter for letter

literation                    representation of sounds by letters

literator                     dabbler in learning

literatus                     a member of the literati

literose                      spuriously or affectedly literary

litherness                    wickedness, laziness, sloth

lithochromy                   painting upon stone

lithoclast                    stone breaker; tool for breaking rocks

lithodomous                   living in burrows in rocks

lithogenous                   rock-building

lithoglyph                    engraving on stone

litholatry                    stone-worship

lithology                     study of rocks

lithomancy                    fortunetelling by stones or meteorites

lithophagous                  stone-swallowing; rock-boring; eating rock

lithophilous                  living among stones

lithophyte                    plant that grows on rock

litigaphobia                  the fear of being sued or of lawsuits

litotes                       understatement by affirming using negation of the contrary

littoral                      of, like or pertaining to the shore of a body of water

liturate                      spotted

liturgician                   one who studies or recites church rituals

liturgiology                  study of liturgical forms and church rituals

liturgist                     leader in public worship

livedo                        pathological blueness of skin

lixiviate                     to impregnate with lixivium or lye

lixiviation                   leaching

loan-word                     word borrowed from another language

lobar                         of, like or pertaining to a lobe

lobate                        having a lobe or lobes

lobcock                       bumpkin, boor or lout

loblolly                      1. a thick gruel; mire

loblolly                      2. a lout

lobscouse                     a sailor's dish prepared by stewing or baking bits of meat with vegetables

lobstick                      a tree with branches trimmed so that it may serve as a landmark or memorial

lobular                       shaped like a lobe

locanda                       lodging-house; inn

locative                      indicating location or place where

locellate                     divided into small compartments

locellus                      small compartment of a cell

lochetic                      waiting in ambush

lochlet                       little loch

lockram                       coarse linen

lockrum                       a pack of gibberish; nonsense

lockstep                      method of marching in tight formation

locofoco                      a match or cigar which can be lit by friction on any rough surface (also called a lucifer match)

locomobile                    self-propelling machine; early automobile

loculate                      having loculi

loculus                       small compartment or recess for holding an urn

locum                         a professional (typically a physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for a peer

locupletative                 tending to enrich

locuplete                     well-stored

locus                         a site considered to be the centre of a particular activity

locutory                      room for conversation

loden                         heavy waterproof woollen fabric

lodesman                      pilot

lodestar                      1. the pole-star

lodestar                      2. one that serves as an inspiration, model or guide

loess                         deposit of rich and fertile soil

logan                         rocking-stone

loganamnosis                  mania for trying to recall forgotten words

logarithmancy                 fortunetelling by means of algorithms

logastellus                   a person whose enthusiasm for words outstrips his knowledge of them

logastellus                   a person whose love of words is greater than their knowledge of words

loggia                        covered open arcade

logia                         collection of sayings

logicaster                    a petty logician

logocracy                     rulership by words

logodaedalus                  artificer in words

logodaedaly                   arbitrary or capricious coinage of words; verbal trickery or legerdemain

logofascinated                fascinated by words

logogogue                     a person who lays down rules about words; a language dictator

logogram                      single sign standing for word or phrase

logographer                   a person who writes speeches or chronicles historical events

logogriph                     riddle in which word is found from other words' letters

logolepsy                     an obsession with words

logolept                      a word maniac; verbivore, logophile

logomachist                   a person who engages in a war of words

logomachize                   to engage in a war of words

logomachy                     a dispute over or about words; controversy marked by verbiage

logomancy                     fortunetelling using words

logomania                     pathological loquacity

logomaniac                    a person obsessed with or crazy about words

logomisia                     disgust for certain words

logopandocie                  a readiness to admit words of all kinds

logopedics                    speech therapy

logophile                     a word lover or word buff

logophobia                    the fear of words

logorrhea                     excessive flow of words; uncontrollable garrulity (verbal diarrhea)

logorrheic                    characterized by excessive use of words

logos                         divine rational principle

logotype                      body of text with frequently occurring word or syllable

lohock                        medicine which is administered by licking it

loid                          to open (a locked door) by sliding a thin piece of celluloid or plastic between the door edge and doorframe to force open a spring lock

loimic                        of, like or pertaining to plagues

loimology                     study of plagues and epidemics

lollop                        to bound about wildly

longanimity                   forbearance; patience; the ability to suffer patiently

longe                         rope used in training horses

longeron                      longitudinal membrane of an airplane

longevous                     long-lived; living or having lived to a great age

longiloquence                 long-winded language

longiloquent                  extremely long-winded

longinquity                   remoteness in space or time

longueur                      a dull and tedious passage of writing (or music)

looby                         an awkward clumsy fellow; lout, lubber

loofah                        a bath or shower sponge; the dried fibrous part of the gourd-like fruit of a plant of the genus Luffa

loon-slatt                    an old Scottish coin worth thirteen pence (halfpenny); the proverbial amount of a hangman's fee




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lopeholt                      a place that's safe; refuge

loquacious                    full of trivial conversation

loranthaceous                 of, like or pertaining to the mistletoe

lordolatry                    worship of nobility

lordosis                      convex curvature of the spine

loreal                        located in the area between the eyes and the nose or snout

lorette                       courtesan

lorgnette                     eyeglasses with a handle

lorgnon                       an eyeglass

loricate                      armoured with plates or scales; to coat or armour protectively

lorimer                       a saddlemaker; a craftsperson who makes hardware for harnesses and riding habits, such as bits or spurs

losel                         worthless fellow; scamp

lotic                         associated with or living in running water

lotophagous                   feeding on lotuses; indolent; lazy; dreamy

louche                        1. not reputable or decent

louche                        2. squinting; ambiguous; shady

louchettes                    spectacles used to reduce glare and prevent squinting

loupe                         jeweller's magnifying glass worn on the eye-socket

loup-garou                    a werewolf

lour                          to look sullen or threatening

louvre                        sloping slat placed across an opening

lovat                         grey-green; blue-green

loxodograph                   device used to record ship's travels

loxodrome                     a rhumb line, a curve that appears to be a straight line on a Mercator map

loxodromy                     study of sailing along rhumb-lines

loxophthalmus                 squint

loxotic                       distorted; oblique; lopsided

lubberland                    a mythical paradise reserved for those who are lazy

lubberwort                    food or drink that makes one idle and stupid; food without nutritive value; junk food

lubricious                    1. slippery

lubricious                    2. lecherous; salacious

lubricity                     greasiness; wiliness

lubritorium                   service station; petrol station; gas station

lucarne                       dormer window

lucent                        shining; bright

lucernal                      of, like or pertaining to lamps

luciferous                    bringing light or insight; illuminating

luciform                      like light

lucifugous                    shunning or avoiding light

lucigen                       lamp burning oil mixed with air in a spray

lucimeter                     instrument for measuring light intensity

luciphyllous                  light-absorbing or consuming

lucre                         sordid gain; riches

lucriferous                   lucrative, profitable

lucriferousness               the quality of being lucriferous

lucripetous                   eager for gain

luctation                     struggle

lucubrate                     to write in a scholarly fashio

lucubration                   study protracted late into the night

lucubrator                    a person who studies during the night

luculent                      bright; clear; convincing; lucid; easily understood

Luddite                       someone opposed to technological change

ludibrious                    1. inclined to scoff; scornful, mocking

ludibrious                    2. To be ridiculous; to be the butt of a joke

ludibrium                     a divine comedy

ludibry                       contempt; derision

ludibund                      playful

ludic                         spontaneously and aimlessly playful; characterized by playfulness

ludicrism                     burlesque

ludification                  an act of mockery

luff                          windward side of a ship; forward edge of fore-and-aft sail

luftmensch                    an impractical dreamer having no definite business or income

lugsail                       four-sided sail bent to an obliquely hanging yard

lugubrious                    mournful or doleful to a ludicrous degree

lumberly                      clumsy, cumbrous

lumbriciform                  shaped like a worm; worm-like

lumbricine                    of, like or pertaining to earthworms

lumen                         unit of luminous flux

luminaria                     a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern orig. consisting of a candle set in sand inside a paper bag

luminiferous                  bearing or bringing light

luminist                      artist who uses the effects of light; impressionist

lunarist                      one who believes that the moon affects the weather

lunate                        crescent-shaped

lunation                      lunar month; interval between successive new moons

lunette                       crescent-shaped space where a vault meets a wall

lunisolar                     pertaining jointly to the moon and sun

lunistice                     time when moon is farthest north or south each month

luniversary                   the day of the month on which something recurs

lunula                        Bronze Age crescent necklace; white part of fingernail base

lunulate                      shaped like a small crescent

lunule                        the whitish mark at the base of the fingernail

lupanarian                    of, like or pertaining to a brothel

lupercalian                   characteristic of an ancient Roman festival (Lupercalia) celebrated February 15 to ensure fertility for the people, fields, and flocks

lupicide                      killing of a wolf

lupiform                      shaped like a wolf

lupine                        of, like or pertaining to wolves

lupulic                       of, like or pertaining to hops

lurdan                        lazy and dull individual

lurid                         red-yellow; yellow-brown

luscition                     poor eyesight

lushburg                      a counterfeit coin

lusk                          idle, lazy, worthless {Johnson, 1822}

lusory                        used in play; composed in a playful style

lustrate                      to purify by sacrifice

lustration                    ritual washing; ceremonial purefication performed before entering a holy place; ablution

lustring                      glossy silk

lustrum                       period of five years; periodic purification of Roman empire

lutaceous                     of, like or pertaining to or comprised of mud

lutarious                     inhabiting mud

lutchet                       fitting on ship's deck to allow mast to pivot to pass under bridges

luteolous                     yellowish

luteous                       golden-yellow

lutescent                     yellowish

lutestring                    plain glossy silk

luthier                       maker of stringed instruments

lutose                        covered with mud or clay; muddy

lutrine                       of, like or pertaining to otters

lutulent                      thick; muddy

lux                           unit of illumination equal to one lumen per square meter

luxate                        to displace or dislocate

luxated                       put out of joint; dislocated

luxation                      dislocation of an anatomical part

luxmeter                      instrument for measuring illumination

luxuriant                     overabundant in growth

lycanthropy                   mythical ability of humans to turn into wolves; werewolfism

lyceum                        school of philosophical instruction

lychgate                      roofed gate of a churchyard

lychnobite                    one who labors at night and sleeps by day; one who turns night into day; a fast-liver

lychnoscope                   low side window

lycophosed                    twilight

lydian                        effeminate; luxurious

lygerastia                    the condition of one who is only amorous when the lights are out

lygophilia                    love of darkness or of the night

lygophobia                    the fear of darkness

lyncean                       lynx-like; sharp-sighted

lyophile                      easily dispersed in a suitable medium

lyophilization                freeze-drying

lypemania                     extreme pathological mournfulness

lypothymia                    profound melancholy

lyrate                        lyre-shaped

lyrichord                     kind of obsolete harpsichord

lyricon                       electronic wind instrument like a large obverse flute

lysarden                      old wind instrument like a cornett or serpent

lysigenic                     caused by the breaking down of cells

lysimeter                     instrument for measuring percolation of water through soil

lysis                         disintegration; destruction

lysistrataphobia              the fear that women will subvert men and take over the world

lyssophobia                   the fear of going insane or of rabies

lyterian                      indicating the end of a disease

lythcoop                      auction of household goods





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