Lamb's-quarters to Lampooner
(Lamb's-quar"ters) n. (Bot.) A name given to several plants of the Goosefoot family,
sometimes used as pot herbs, as Chenopodium album and Atriplex patulsa.
(Lam*doid"al) a. Lambdoid. [R.]
(Lame) a. [Compar. Lamer ; superl. Lamest.] [OE. lame, AS. lama; akin to D. lam, G. lahm,OHG.,
Dan., & Sw. lam, Icel. lami, Russ. lomate to break, lomota rheumatism.]
1. (a) Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect, or temporary obstruction of a function; as,
a lame leg, arm, or muscle. (b) To some degree disabled by reason of the imperfect action of a limb; crippled; as,
a lame man. "Lame of one leg." Arbuthnot. "Lame in both his feet." 2 Sam. ix. 13. "He fell, and became
lame." 2 Sam. iv. 4.
2. Hence, hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect. "A lame endeavor." Barrow.
O, most lame and impotent conclusion!Shak. Lame duck (stock Exchange), a person who can not fulfill his contracts. [Cant]
(Lame) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lamed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Laming.] To make lame.
If you happen to let child fall and lame it.Swift.
(Lam"el) n. See Lamella.
(La*mel"la) n.; pl. L. Lamellæ E. Lamellas [L. lamella, dim. of lamina plate, leaf, layer: cf.
F. lamelle. Cf. Lamina, Omelet.] a thin plate or scale of anything, as a thin scale growing from the
petals of certain flowers; or one of the thin plates or scales of which certain shells are composed.
(Lam"el*lar) a. [Cf. F. lamellaire.] Flat and thin; lamelliform; composed of lamellæ. Lamellarly
adv. In thin plates or scales.
(Lam"el*la*ry) a. Of or pertaining to lamella or to lamellæ; lamellar.
(Lam"el*late Lam"el*la`ted) a. [See Lamella.] Composed of, or furnished with, thin plates or
scales. See Illust. of Antennæ.
(La*mel"li*branch) n. (Zoöl.) One of the Lamellibranchia. Also used adjectively.
(||La*mel`li*bran`chi*a"ta) n. pl. [NL. See
lamella, and Branchia, Branchiate.] (Zoöl.) A class of Mollusca including all those that have bivalve
shells, as the clams, oysters, mussels, etc.
They usually have two (rarely but one) flat, lamelliform gills on each side of the body. They have an
imperfectly developed head, concealed within the shell, whence they are called Acephala. Called also
Conchifera, and Pelecypoda. See Bivalve.
(Lam`el*li*bran"chi*ate) a. (Zoöl.) Having lamellar gills; belonging to the Lamellibranchia.
n. One of the Lamellibranchia.
(La*mel"li*corn) a. [Lamella + L. cornu a horn: cf. F. lamellicorne. See Lamella.] (Zoöl.)
(a) Having antennæ terminating in a group of flat lamellæ; said of certain coleopterous insects. (b) Terminating
in a group of flat lamellæ; said of antennæ. n. A lamellicorn insect.
(||La*mel`li*cor"ni*a) n. pl. [NL. See Lamellicorn.] (Zoöl.) A group of lamellicorn, plant-
eating beetles; called also Lamellicornes.