(Lar) n.; pl. Lares sometimes Lars [L.] (Rom. Myth.) A tutelary deity; a deceased ancestor regarded
as a protector of the family. The domestic Lares were the tutelar deities of a house; household gods.
Hence, Fig.: Hearth or dwelling house.
Nor will she her dear Lar forget,Lovelace.
Victorious by his benefit.
The Lars and Lemures moan with midnight plaint.Milton.
Looking backward in vain toward their Lares and lands.Longfellow.
(Lar) n. (Zoöl.) A species of gibbon found in Burmah. Called also white-handed gibbon.
(Lar"a*mie group`) (Geol.) An extensive series of strata, principally developed in the
Rocky Mountain region, as in the Laramie Mountains, and formerly supposed to be of the Tertiary age,
but now generally regarded as Cretaceous, or of intermediate and transitional character. It contains
beds of lignite, often valuable for coal, and is hence also called the lignitic group. See Chart of Geology.
(Lar"board`) n. [Lar- is of uncertain origin, possibly the same as lower, i. e., humbler in rank,
because the starboard side is considered by mariners as higher in rank; cf. D. laag low, akin to E. low.
See Board, n., 8.] (Naut.) The left- hand side of a ship to one on board facing toward the bow; port;
opposed to starboard.
Larboard is a nearly obsolete term, having been superseded by port to avoid liability of confusion with
starboard, owing to similarity of sound.
(Lar"board`), a. On or pertaining to the left-hand side of a vessel; port; as, the larboard quarter.
(Lar"ce*ner Lar"ce*nist) , n. One who commits larceny.
(Lar"ce*nous) a. [Cf. OE. larrecinos. See Larceny.] Having the character of larceny; as, a
larcenous act; committing larceny. "The larcenous and burglarious world." Sydney Smith. Lar"ce*nous*ly,
Grand larceny &and Petit larceny are distinctions having reference to the nature or value of the property
stolen. They are abolished in England. Mixed, or Compound, larceny, that which, under statute,
includes in it the aggravation of a taking from a building or the person. Simple larceny, that which
is not accompanied with any aggravating circumstances.
(Lar"ce*ny) n.; pl. Larcenies [F. larcin, OE. larrecin, L. latrocinium, fr. latro robber, mercenary,
hired servant; cf. Gr. hired servant. Cf. Latrociny.] (Law) The unlawful taking and carrying away of
things personal with intent to deprive the right owner of the same; theft. Cf. Embezzlement.
(Larch) n. [Cf. OE. larege It. larice, Sp. larice, alerce, G. lärche; all fr. L. larix, - icis, Gr. la`rix.]
(Bot.) A genus of coniferous trees, having deciduous leaves, in fascicles (see Illust. of Fascicle). The
European larch is Larix Europæa. The American or black larch is L. Americana, the hackmatack or tamarack.
The trees are generally of a drooping, graceful appearance.
(Larch"en) a. Of or pertaining to the larch. Keats.
(Lard) n. [F., bacon, pig's fat, L. lardum, laridum; cf. Gr. fattened, fat.]
1. Bacon; the flesh of swine. [Obs.] Dryden.
2. The fat of swine, esp. the internal fat of the abdomen; also, this fat melted and strained.