(Lac`e*dæ*mo"ni*an) a. [L. Lacedamonius, Gr. Lakedaimo`nios, fr. Lakedai`mwn Lacedæmon.]
Of or pertaining to Lacedæmon or Sparta, the chief city of Laconia in the Peloponnesus. n. A Spartan.
[Written also Lacedemonian.]
(Lace"man) n.; pl. Lacemen A man who deals in lace.
(Lac"er*a*ble) a. [L. lacerabilis: cf. F. lacérable.] That can be lacerated or torn.
(Lac"er*ate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lacerated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Lacerating ] [L. laceratus, p.
p. of lacerare to lacerate, fr. lacer mangled, lacerated; cf. Gr. a rent, rending, to tear; perh. akin to
E. slay.] To tear; to rend; to separate by tearing; to mangle; as, to lacerate the flesh. Hence: To afflict; to
torture; as, to lacerate the heart.
(Lac"er*ate Lac"er*a`ted) p. a. [L. laceratus, p. p.]
1. Rent; torn; mangled; as, a lacerated wound.
By each other's fury lacerateSouthey.
2. (Bot. & Zoöl.) Jagged, or slashed irregularly, at the end, or along the edge.
(Lac`er*a"tion) n. [L. laceratio: cf. F. lacération.]
1. The act of lacerating.
2. A breach or wound made by lacerating. Arbuthnot.
(Lac"er*a*tive) a. Lacerating, or having the power to lacerate; as, lacerative humors. Harvey.
(La"cert) n. [OE. lacerte. See Lacertus.] A muscle of the human body. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(La*cer"ta) n. [L. lacertus the arm.] A fathom. [Obs.] Domesday Book.
(La*cer"ta), n. [L. a lizard. See Lizard.]
1. (Zoöl.) A genus of lizards. See Lizard.
Formerly it included nearly all the known lizards. It is now restricted to certain diurnal Old World species,
like the green lizard (Lacerta viridis) and the sand lizard (L. agilis), of Europe.
2. (Astron.) The Lizard, a northern constellation.
(La*cer"tian) a. [Cf. F. lacertien.] (Zoöl.) Like a lizard; of or pertaining to the Lacertilia. n.
One of the Lacertilia.
(||Lac`er*til"i*a) n. pl. [NL., fr. L. lacertus a lizard.] (Zoöl.) An order of Reptilia, which includes
They are closely related to the snakes, and like the latter, usually have the body covered with scales
or granules. They usually have eyelids, and most of then have well-formed legs; but in some groups
(amphisbæna, glass-snake, etc.) the legs are wanting and the body is serpentlike. None are venomous,
unless Heloderma be an exception. The order includes the chameleons, the Cionocrania, or typical
lizards, and the amphisbænas. See Amphisbæna, Gecko, Gila monster, and Lizard.