1. One who supports legitimate authority; esp., one who believes in hereditary monarchy, as a divine
2. Specifically, a supporter of the claims of the elder branch of the Bourbon dynasty to the crown of
(Le*git"i*mize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Legitimized (-mizd); p. pr. & vb. n. Legitimizing.] To
(Leg"less) a. Not having a leg.
(Le"go-lit"er*a*ry) (le"go- lit"er*a*ry), a. [See Legal, and Literary.] Pertaining to the
literature of law.
(Le`gu*le"ian) a. [L. leguleius pettifogger, fr. lex, legis, law.] Lawyerlike; legal. [R.] "Leguleian
barbarism." De Quincey. n. A lawyer.
(Leg"ume) n. [F. légume, L. legumen, fr. legere to gather. So called because they may be
gathered without cutting. See Legend.]
1. (Bot.) A pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as
that of the pea.
In the latter circumstance, it differs from a siliqua, in which the seeds are attached to both sutures. In
popular use, a legume is called a pod, or cod; as, pea pod, or peas cod.
2. pl. The fruit of leguminous plants, as peas, beans, lupines; pulse.
(||Le*gu"men) n.; pl. L. Legumina (- mi*na), E. Legumens [L.] Same as Legume.
(Le*gu"min) n. [Cf. F. légumine.] (Physiol. Chem.) An albuminous substance resembling
casein, found as a characteristic ingredient of the seeds of leguminous and grain-bearing plants.
(Le*gu"mi*nous) a. [Cf. F. légumineux.]
1. Pertaining to pulse; consisting of pulse.
2. (Bot.) Belonging to, or resembling, a very large natural order of plants which bear legumes, including
peas, beans, clover, locust trees, acacias, and mimosas.
(Lei"ger) n. [See Leger, and Ledger.] See Leger, n., 2. [Obs.] Shak.
(Lei*ot"ri*chan) a. Of or pertaining to the Leiotrichi. - - n. One of the Leiotrichi.
(||Lei*ot"ri*chi) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. lei^os smooth + qri`x, tricho`s, hair.] (Anthropol.) The
division of mankind which embraces the smooth-haired races.
(Lei*ot"ri*chous) a. [See Leiotrichi.] (Anthropol.) Having smooth, or nearly smooth, hair.
(||Lei*po"a) n. [NL.] (Zoöl.) A genus of Australian gallinaceous birds including but a single species
about the size of a turkey. Its color is variegated, brown, black, white, and gray. Called also native pheasant.
It makes large mounds of sand and vegetable material, in which its eggs are laid to be hatched by the
heat of the decomposing mass.
(Lei`po*thym"ic) a. See Lipothymic.