2. The state of a layman. [Obs.] Ayliffe.
3. Those who are not of a certain profession, as law or medicine, in distinction from those belonging to
(||La*ka"o) n. Sap green. [China]
(Lake) n. [F. laque, fr. Per. See Lac.] A pigment formed by combining some coloring matter,
usually by precipitation, with a metallic oxide or earth, esp. with aluminium hydrate; as, madder lake; Florentine
lake; yellow lake, etc.
(Lake), n. [Cf. G. laken.] A kind of fine white linen, formerly in use. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Lake) v. i. [AS. lacan, læcan, to spring, jump, lac play, sport, or fr. Icel. leika to play, sport; both
akin to Goth. laikan to dance. &radic120. Cf. Knowledge.] To play; to sport. [Prov. Eng.]
(Lake), n. [AS. lac, L. lacus; akin to AS. lagu lake, sea, Icel. lögr; OIr. loch; cf. Gr. la`kkos pond,
tank. Cf. Loch, Lough.] A large body of water contained in a depression of the earth's surface, and
supplied from the drainage of a more or less extended area.
Lakes are for the most part of fresh water; the salt lakes, like the Great Salt Lake of Utah, have usually
no outlet to the ocean.
Lake dwellers (Ethnol.), people of a prehistoric race, or races, which inhabited different parts of Europe.
Their dwellings were built on piles in lakes, a short distance from the shore. Their relics are common
in the lakes of Switzerland. Lake dwellings (Archæol.), dwellings built over a lake, sometimes on
piles, and sometimes on rude foundations kept in place by piles; specifically, such dwellings of prehistoric
times. Lake dwellings are still used by many savage tribes. Called also lacustrine dwellings. See Crannog.
Lake fly (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of dipterous flies of the genus Chironomus. In form
they resemble mosquitoes, but they do not bite. The larvæ live in lakes. Lake herring (Zoöl.), the
cisco Lake poets, Lake school, a collective name originally applied in contempt, but now in honor,
to Southey, Coleridge, and Wordsworth, who lived in the lake country of Cumberland, England, Lamb
and a few others were classed with these by hostile critics. Called also lakers and lakists. Lake
sturgeon (Zoöl.), a sturgeon (Acipenser rubicundus), of moderate size, found in the Great Lakes and
the Mississippi River. It is used as food. Lake trout (Zoöl.), any one of several species of trout and
salmon; in Europe, esp. Salmo fario; in the United States, esp. Salvelinus namaycush of the Great
Lakes, and of various lakes in New York, Eastern Maine, and Canada. A large variety of brook trout
inhabiting many lakes in New England, is also called lake trout. See Namaycush. Lake whitefish.
(Zoöl.) See Whitefish. Lake whiting (Zoöl.), an American whitefish found in many lakes in the Northern
United States and Canada. It is more slender than the common whitefish.
(Lake"-dwell`er) n. See Lake dwellers, under Lake.
(Lake"let) n. A little lake. Southey.
(Lake"weed`) n. (Bot.) The water pepper an aquatic plant of Europe and North America.
(||Lakh) n. Same as Lac, one hundred thousand.
(La"kin) n. See Ladykin.
(Lak"ke) n. & v. See Lack. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Lak"y) a. Pertaining to a lake. Sir W. Scott.