(Lep"ty*nite) n. (Min.) See Granulite.

(Lere) n. [See Lore knowledge.] Learning; lesson; lore. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Lere), v. t. & i. [OE. leeren, leren, AS. l&aemacrran. See Lore, Learn.] To learn; to teach. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Lere), a. Empty. [Obs.] See Leer, a.

(Lere), n. [AS. lira flesh; cf. Icel. lær thigh.] Flesh; skin. [Obs.] "His white leer." Chaucer.

(Ler"ed) a. [From lere, v. t.] Learned. [Obs.] " Lewed man or lered." Chaucer.

(||Ler*næ"a) n. [NL., fr. L. Lernaeus Lernæan, fr. Lerna, Gr. Le`rnh, a forest and marsh near Argos, the mythological abode of the hydra.] (Zoöl.) A Linnæan genus of parasitic Entomostraca, — the same as the family Lernæidæ.

The genus is restricted by modern zoölogists to a limited number of species similar to Lernæa branchialis found on the gills of the cod.

(||Ler`næ*a"ce*a) n. pl. [NL. See Lernæa.] (Zoöl.) A suborder of copepod Crustacea, including a large number of remarkable forms, mostly parasitic on fishes. The young, however, are active and swim freely. See Illustration in Appendix.

(Ler*ne"an) n. [See Lernæa.] (Zoöl.) One of a family (Lernæidæ) of parasitic Crustacea found attached to fishes and other marine animals. Some species penetrate the skin and flesh with the elongated head, and feed on the viscera. See Illust. in Appendix.

(||Lé`rot") n. [F.] (Zoöl.) A small European rodent (Eliomys nitela), allied to the dormouse.

(Les) n. A leash. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Les"bi*an) a. Of or pertaining to the island anciently called Lesbos, now Mitylene, in the Grecian Archipelago.

(Lese) v. t. To lose. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Lese`-maj"es*ty) n. See Leze majesty.

(Le"sion) n. [F. lésion, L. laesio, fr. laedere, laesum, to hurt, injure.] A hurt; an injury. Specifically: (a) (Civil Law) Loss sustained from failure to fulfill a bargain or contract. Burrill. (b) (Med.) Any morbid change in the exercise of functions or the texture of organs. Dunglison.

- less
(-less) [AS. leás loose, false; akin to OS. los loose, false, D. los loose, loos false, sly, G. los loose, Icel. lauss loose, vacant, Goth. laus empty, vain, and also to E. loose, lose. &radic127. See Lose, and cf. Loose, Leasing.] A privative adjective suffix, denoting without, destitute of, not having; as witless, childless, fatherless.

(Less) conj. Unless. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

(Less), a. [OE. lesse, AS. l&aemacrssa; akin to OFries. lessa; a compar. from a lost positive form. Cf. Lesser, Lest, Least. Less has the sense of the comparative degree of little.] Smaller; not so large or great; not so much; shorter; inferior; as, a less quantity or number; a horse of less size or value; in less time than before.

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