Labrose to Lack

(La"brose`) a. [L. labrosus, fr. labrum lip.] Having thick lips.

(||La"brum) n.; pl. L. Labra E. Labrums [L.]

1. A lip or edge, as of a basin.

2. (Zoöl.) (a) An organ in insects and crustaceans covering the upper part of the mouth, and serving as an upper lip. See Illust. of Hymenoptera. (b) The external margin of the aperture of a shell. See Univalve.

(||La"brus) n.; pl. Labri [L., a sort of fish.] (Zoöl.) A genus of marine fishes, including the wrasses of Europe. See Wrasse.

(La*bur`nic) a. Of, pertaining to, or derived from, the laburnum.

(La*bur`nine) n. (Chem.) A poisonous alkaloid found in the unripe seeds of the laburnum.

(La*bur"num) n. [L.] (Bot.) A small leguminous tree native of the Alps. The plant is reputed to be poisonous, esp. the bark and seeds. It has handsome racemes of yellow blossoms.

Scotch laburnum (Cytisus alpinus) is similar, but has smooth leaves; purple laburnum is C. purpureus.

(Lab"y*rinth) n. [L. labyrinthus, Gr. laby`rinthos: cf. F. labyrinthe.]

1. An edifice or place full of intricate passageways which render it difficult to find the way from the interior to the entrance; as, the Egyptian and Cretan labyrinths.

2. Any intricate or involved inclosure; especially, an ornamental maze or inclosure in a park or garden.

3. Any object or arrangement of an intricate or involved form, or having a very complicated nature.

The serpent . . . fast sleeping soon he found,
In labyrinth of many a round self-rolled.

The labyrinth of the mind.

4. An inextricable or bewildering difficulty.

I' the maze and winding labyrinths o' the world.

5. (Anat.) The internal ear. See Note under Ear.

6. (Metal.) A series of canals through which a stream of water is directed for suspending, carrying off, and depositing at different distances, the ground ore of a metal. Ure.

7. (Arch.) A pattern or design representing a maze, — often inlaid in the tiled floor of a church, etc.

Syn. — Maze; confusion; intricacy; windings. — Labyrinth, Maze. Labyrinth, originally; the name of an edifice or excavation, carries the idea of design, and construction in a permanent form, while maze is used of anything confused or confusing, whether fixed or shifting. Maze is less restricted in its figurative uses than labyrinth. We speak of the labyrinth of the ear, or of the mind, and of a labyrinth of difficulties; but of the mazes of the dance, the mazes of political intrigue, or of the mind being in a maze.

(Lab`y*rin"thal) a. Pertaining to, or resembling, a labyrinth; intricate; labyrinthian.

(Lab`y*rin"thi*an) a. Intricately winding; like a labyrinth; perplexed; labyrinthal.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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