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Lecanora (lek-a-nó'ra), n. [From Gr, lekane, a basin—alluding to the form of the shields.] A genus of lichens of the order Parmeliaceae, resembling Lecidea, but distinguished by the border being formed from the thallus. Several of the . furnish dyes. L. tartarea gives cudbear. L. parella yields a purple dye, equal to that of archil. L. esculenta and L. affinis grow in Armenia and Algeria in such profusion that they are often found drifted into heaps by the wind. They are eaten in times of famine, but are unwholesome. Lecanorine (lek-a-nó'rin), n. A crystalline substance obtained by Schunck from Lecanora tartarea and other lichens employed in the manufacture of cudbear. Lecht (lech), p.t. [Fr. lecher.] To lick. Leche,t n. A leech or physician. Chaucer. Lecher (lech'ér), n. [0. Fr. lechierre, lecheor, techeur, gourmand, parasite, libertine; Fr. lécher, to lick, from the German lecken, O.H.G. leccon, to lick. See LICK, also LICKERISH.] A man given to lewdness; one addicted, in an exorbitant degree, to the indulgence of the animal appetite, and an illicit commerce with females. Lecher (lech’ér), v.i. To practise lewdness; to indulge lust. Lecherous (lech'êr-us), a. 1. Addicted to lewdness; prone to indulge lust; lustful; lewd.—2. Provoking lust. ‘Lecherous drink." Pier8 Plowman. Lecherously (lech'ér-us-li), adv. In a lecherous manner; lustfully; lewdly. Lecherousness (lech'êr-us-nes), n. The state or quality of being lecherous. Lechery (lech'ér-i), n. [0. Fr. lecherie. See LECHER..] 1. Lewdness; free indulgence of lust; , practice of indulging the animal appetite.—2. Pleasure; delight. What ravishing lechery it is to enter An ordinary, cap-a-pie, trimmed like a gallant.

Massinger. Lechour,f n. A lecher. Chaucer. Lecidinei, Lecidineae (les-i-din'é-1, les-idin'é-é), m. pl. A natural order of gymnocarpous lichens, in which the open orbicular disc of the fruit is contained in a distinct receptacle. It contains some of the most obscure but, at the same time, some of the most beautiful of lichens. Leckstone (lek'stön), n. A granular variety of trap rock, originally volcanic ash, quarried among the carboniferous strata of Fife and the Lothians for the bottom slabs of ovens. Lectern (lek’térn), n. [0. Fr. lectrin; L.L. lectrinum, from L. lego, lectum, to read.]

Lectern, Yeovil, Somersetshire.

The desk or stand on which the larger books used in the services of the Roman Catholic and similar churches are placed. Since the Reformation they have been seldom used in this country, but are occasionally employed to hold the Bible. The principal lectern stood in the middle of the choir, there being sometimes others in different places. It was usually of wood or brass and movable, but sometimes of stone or marble and fixed. It was often covered with costly hangings, embroidered in the

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same manner as the hangings of the altar. In Scotland the same name is given to the precentor's desk in front of the pulpit. Lectica (lek-ti’ka), n. [L. In ancient Rome, a kind of couch or litter in which persons were carried. They were of two classes, viz., those for the living, and those for conveying the dead to the grave. The latter were used also by the Greeks. Lection (lek'shon), n. [L. lectio, from lego, to read.) 1. The act of reading.—2. A difference or variety in copies of a manuscript or book; a reading. We ourselves are offended by the obtrusion of the new lections into the text. tncey. 3. A lesson or portion of Scripture read in divine service. lek'shon-a-ri), n. A book for

o: of Scripture to be read for particular days. Lectisternium (lek-ti-stèr'ni-um), n. [L. lectus, a couch, and sterno, to spread out..] In class. antiq. a sacrifice in the nature of a feast, in which the Greeks and Romans placed the images of their gods reclining on couches round tables furnished with viands, as if they were about to partake of them. Lector (lek’tër), n. [L] In the early Church, a person set apart for the purpose of reading parts of the Bible and other writings of a religious character to the people. Lectorne, f n. A lectern (which see). Chau

cer. Lectual (lek'tū-al), a. [L. lectus, a bed.] In med, confining to the bed; as, a lectual disease. Lecture (lek'tūr), n. [Fr. lecture, from L. lectura, from lego, to read.) 1.4 The act or practice of reading. ‘In the lecture of Holy Scripture.” Sir T. Browne. —2. A discourse on some subject whether read or not; especially, a formal or methodical discourse intended for instruction; as, a lecture on morals, &c. —3. A reprimand, as from a superior; a formal reproof. Numidia will be blest by Cato's lectures. Addison,

4. In tuniversities, the going over of a piece of work with a professor or tutor; a professorial or tutorial disquisition. Lecture (lek’tür), v. t. pret & pp. lectured; ppr. lecturing. 1. To instruct by discourses. 2. To speak to dogmatically or authoritatively; to reprimand; to reprove; as, to lecture one for his faults.-3. To influence by means of a lecture or formal reprimand; as, he was lectured into doing that. Lecture (lek'tūr), v.i. 1. To read or deliver a formal discourse.—2. To deliver lectures for instruction; as, the professor lectures on geometry or on chemistry. Lecturer (lek'tūr-er), n. 1. One who reads or pronounces lectures; a professor or any instructor who delivers formal discourses for the instruction of others.-2. A preacher in a church, by the parish or vestry to assist the rector, vicar, or curate. Lectureship (lek’tür-ship), n. The office of a lecturer. He got a lectureship in town of sixty pounds a-year, where he preached constantly in person. Swift. Lecturn f (lek’térn), n. A reading-desk. See LECTERN. ythidaceae (lé-sith’i-dà"sé-É), n. pl. [See LECYTHIS.] Anat, order of South American exogens, consisting of large trees with stipulate leaves and showy flowers, and closely allied to Myrtaceae, of which it is now usually regarded as a sub-order. The fruit is a woody capsule often opening with a lid, and the seed-vessels are used as cups. Brazilnuts and Sapucaia-nuts are the seeds of trees of this order. There are seven genera, of which Lecythis may be regarded as the type. See LECYTHIS. Lecythis (lé'si-this), n. [Fr. Gr. lekythos, an oil-jar, in allusion to the form of the seed-vessels.] A genus of American trees belonging to the nat. order Lecythidaceae (by some included in the nat. order Myrtaceae). The species yield eatable seeds. L. Ollaria is the most gigantic tree in the ancient forests of Brazil: the fruit is a hard capsule, furnished with a lid like a pot, conning large seeds in its interior, of which monkeys are fond, for which reason the capsules are often called monkey-pots and the tree the monkey-pot tree. The seeds of this and other species are frequently sold in our shops under the name of Sapucaia-nuts. Led (led), pret. & pp. of lead. Led (led), a. A term applied to a landed possession not occupied by the owner or the

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person who rents it, or a district ruled over by deputy; as, a led farm, &c. He transferred the Markgrafdom to Brandenburg, probably as more central in his wide lands; Salzwedel is henceforth the led Markgrafdom or Marck, and soon falls out of notice in the world. Carlyle. Leda (lé'da), n., 1. In classical myth. the mother by Jupiter of Helen, Castor, and Pollux.--2. A small planet or asteroid, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, discovered by Chacornac, 12th Jan. 1856. Led-captain (led'kap-tän or led 'kap-tin), n. An obsequious attendant; a favourite that follows as if led by a string. They will never want some creditable led captain to attend them at a minute's warning to operas, plays, &c. Chestersfeld. Ledden,f Ledent (led’en), n. [A. Sax. leden, lyden, language, a corruption of Latin.] Language; dialect. Thereto he was expert in prophecies, And could the leaden of the gods unfold. Spenser. Ledge, tw.t. To allege. Chaucer. Ledge (lej), n. . [From A. Sax, lecyan, to lay; comp. Sc. leggin, Icel, logg, the ledge or rim at the bottom of a cask.] 1. A shelf on which articles may be placed; anything which resembles such a shelf. The lowest ledge or row should be merely; one. otton. 2. A prominent part; a part rising or projecting beyond the rest; a ridge; as, a ledge of rocks. Pines that plumed the craggy ledge. Tennyson.

3. In arch. a small moulding; also, a string course. — 4. In joinery, a piece against which something rests, as the side of a rebate, against which a door or shutter is stopped, or a projecting fillet serving the same purpose as the stop of a door, or the fillet which confines a window-frame in its place. —5. Naut, a small piece of timber placed athwart ships under the deck, between the beams—6. A bar for fastening a gate. [Provincial.] ement (lej'ment), n. In arch. (a) a horizontal course of mouldings, as the basemouldings of a building. (b) The development of the surface of any solid on a plane, so that its dimensions may be readily obtained. Ledger (lej'ér), n. {{. may be simply a book that rests on a le É. or shelf; in any case from the same root. Comp.leger, leiger, leidger, formerly an ambassador resident at a foreign court, and so used by Shakspere, and the adjective ledger, leger, resting in a place, whence ledger-bait, " which is fixed or made to rest in a certain place when you shall be absent from it,” Walton; and legerbook, a cartulary or register, so called from lying permanently in the piace to which it, relates.] 1. The principal book of accounts among merchants and others who have to keep an accurate record of money transactions, so arranged as to exhibit on one side all the sums at the debit of the accounts and on the other all those at the credit. The deafter contains an abstract of all the entries made in the journal classified under the heads of their respective accounts. It is an index to the information contained in the journal, and also a complete abstract of the actual state of all accounts. Pop. Ency. 2. In arch. a flat slab of stone, such as is said horizontally over a grave; the covering-slab of an altar-tomb. –3. In building, a piece of timber used in forming a scaffolding. Ledgers are fastened to the vertical bars or uprights, and support the putlogs which lie at o: angles to the wall, and carry the boards on which the workmen stand. Ledger-book (lej’ér-buk), n. Same as Ledger

r-line (lej'êr-lin), n. 1. In music, a short line added above or below the staff for the reception of a note too high or too low to be placed on the staff.2. A kind of tackle used in fishing for barbel and oa j' t), n. S Ledg Ledgment (lej'ment), n. Same as entent. (lej'i), a. Abounding in ledges. Led-horse (led'hors), n. A horse that is led; a spare horse led by a groom or servant, to be used in case of emergency; a sumpterhorse; a pack-horse. Ledum (lé'dum), n. (Gr. ledon, the name for a plant now known as the Cistus ledon.] Ao: of plants belonging to the nat. order Ericaceae. The species are low shrubs with alternate entire leaves, clothed with rusty wool underneath and small white flowers in terminal clusters.




Lee (lé), n. LA. Sax hled, a shade, a shelter, refuge, asylum; the Icel. hlé (Dan. lae, G. lee) coincides, however, more closely with the modern usage of the word; d hlé, to sail to leeward, hlé-borth, G. leebord, lee-board; connected with Goth. hlija, a tent; comp. Sc. lythe, sheltered, or a spot sheltered from the wind, also W. clyd, sheltering, warm.] The quarter toward which the wind blows, as opposed to that from which it proceeds; the shelter caused by an object interposed, and keeping off the wind: almost exclusively a nautical term.— Under the lee of (naut.), on that side which is sheltered from the wind; on the side opposite to that against which the wind blows; protected from the wind by; as, under the lee of a ship or of the land.—To lay a ship by lee, to bring her so that all her sails may lie flat against the masts and shrouds, and the wind come right upon her broadside. Lee (lé), a. Nawt. of or pertaining to the part or side towards which the wind blows; opposite to weather; as, the lee side of a vessel—Lee shore, the shore under the lee of a ship, or that toward which the wind blows.-Lee tide, a tide running in the same direction as the wind is blowing. Lee (lé), n. . [See LEES.] The coarser part of a liquid which settles at the bottom; sediment: mostly used in the plural form, but frequently with a singular sense. The woman, Henry, shall put off her pride For thee; my cloaths, my sex, exchang'd for thee, I'll nuingle with the people's wretched ź. Arror. Leet (lé), n. Same as Lea. Leef (lé), v.i. To lie. See LIE. Lee-board (lé'börd), n. A long flat piece of

wood attached to each side of a flat-bottomed vessel (as a Dutch galiot) by a bolt on which it traverses. When close-hauled the one on the lee side is let down, and reaching below the keel, when the ship is listed over by the wind, it prevents her from drifting fast to leeward. Leech (lèch), n. [A. Sax. laece, lece, a physician, a leech; Goth. leikeis, lekeis, O.H.G. lá, Icel. laekmari, laeknir, Sw. läkare, a physician; Sw. läka, Dan. laege, Icel. laekna, A. Sax. ian, laccmian, to heal, to cure. Allied to Gael. leighis, to heal.] 1. A physician; a professor of the art of healing. “With the hie Godde that is our soulis leeche.” Chaucer... [Antiquated.] rtner canne The king's own leech to look into his hurt. Tennyson. 2. The common name of several genera of discophorous hermaphrodite blood-sucking worms of the order Suctoria, forming the family Hirudinidae. Leeches chiefly inhabit fresh-water ponds, though some live among moist grass, and some are marine. The body is composed of many § and is provided with two suckers, oneateitherextremity. By adhering with these suckers alternately the animal can draw itself backward or forward. Aquatic leeches can also swim with considerable rapidity. The mouth is situated in the middle of the anterior suckers, and is furnished with three small white teeth, serrated along the edges, and provided with muscles powerful enough to enable the animal to inflict its peculiar triradiate wound. The species generally employed for medical purposes belong to the genus Sanguisuga, of which genus there are two species employed in Europe, S. officinalis (the Hungarian or green leech), used in the south of Europe, and S. medicinalis (the brown,

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The princes of the people sought to *}}, * -cstas. Leesome (lé'sum), a. [Leaf or lies, dear, and term. some.] Pleasant; desirable. “The tender heart o' leesome luve." Burns.—Leesome-lane, dear self alone. [Scotch.] Leet (lét), n. [A. Sax. laeth, leth, a territorial division, a lathe; Icel. leith, a public assembly..] 1. A kind of court. See Court-LEET. 2. The district subject to the jurisdiction of a court-leet. Leet (lét), n. [A. Sax. hlet, a lot; Icel. leiti, a share or part.] [Scotch..] 1. One portion; a lot.—2. A list of candidates for any office. —ohort leet, a list of persons selected from the candidates for any office in order that their claims may be more specially considered in nominating to the office. Leet (lét), n. A name for the whiting used in the neighbourhood of Scarborough. Yarrell. Leet-ale (lét’āl), n. A feast or merry-making at the holding of a court-leet. Leet-ale, in some parts of England, signifies the dinner at a court-leet of a manor for thejo, and customary tenants. JP'arton. Lee-tide (lé'tid), n. A tide running in the same direction that the wind blows. Leet-man (lét’man), n. One subject to the jurisdiction of a court-leet. Leeward (lé'wérd or lù'wérd), a. Pertaining to the part towards which the wind blows: as, a leeward ship. “By change of wind to leeward side.” Swift.—Leeward tide, a tide running in the same direction that the wind blows, and directly contrary to a tide under the lee, which implies a stream in an opposite direction to the wind. Leeward (lé'wérd or lü'wérd), adv. Toward the lee or that part toward which the wind o: opposed to windward; as, fall to leeacara. Leewar (lé'wérd-li or lü'wérd-li), a. A ship is said to be leewardly which, when sailing close-hauled, makes a great deal of leeway. It is opposed to weatherly. Leeway (lé'wä), n. The lateral movement of a ship to the leeward of her course, or the angle formed between the line of the ship's keel and the line which she actually describes through the water; the deviation from her true course which a vessel makes by drifting to leeward.—To make up leeway, to make up for time lost; to overtake work which has fallen behind. Leeze (léz). This word is used only in the phrase leeze me, a phrase implying a strong affection or liking for something, and is supposed to be a contraction for lief is (me), that is, dear is (to me); pleasure comes to me. [Scotch.] O leeze me on my spinnin' wheel, O leeze me on my rock and reel.

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dear; beloved; sometimes also willing or pleased. rought the monk to the lodge door, Th; o: were loath or :* Old ballad. Lefe, m. One loved or beloved; a friend. Chaucer. Left (left), pret & pp. of leave. Left o a. [Not found in A. Sax.; O.E. lift, luft, O.D. lucht, luft, left; probably allied to A. Sax. lef, O. Sax. lef, weak, infirm; Pol and Bohem. lewy, left; L. laevus, Gr. laios, left.] Denoting the part opposed to the right of the body; as, the left hand, arm, or side.—The left bank of a river, that which would be on the left hand of a person whose face is turned down stream: always applied to the same bank. (left), n. 1. The side o: to the ht; that part of anything which is on the left side. —2. In itics, that section of a legislative assembly which sits on the left side of the president; the opposition: so used only in speaking of the legislative assemblies of the continent of Europe, and since the opposition is there usually the liberal or advanced party, the left has come to be synonymous with the advanced party. —Over the left, a common colloquial expression indicating negation, doubt of the truth of or disbelief in any statement, or the like: ofted used sarcastically; as, he's a very clever fellow—over the left. Leftet (left), pret. Lifted. She lefte her percing lance, And towards gan a deadly shaste *; rt-ter. Left-handed (left'hand-ed), a. 1. Having the left hand or arm stronger and more capable of being used with facility than the right; using the left hand and arm with more facility than the right.—2. Characterized by direction or position towards the left hand; moving from right to left. Herschel found that the right-handed or los?. handed character of the circular polarization corresponded, in all cases, to that of the crystal.

JPherwell. 3. Insincere; sinister; malicious. . . The commendations of this people are not always Reft-handed and detractive. Ilandor. 4. Clumsy; awkward; inexpert; unskilful. 5. Unlucky; inauspicious. Left-handed marriage. See MoRGANATIC. Left-handedness (left' hand-ed-nes), n. The state or Tolo of being left-handed; habitual use of the left hand, or rather the ability to use the left hand with more ease and strength than the right; awkwardness; want of sincerity. Although a squint left-handedness Be ungracious; yet we cannot want that hand.

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Left-witted (left'wit-ed), a. Dull; stupid;

foolish. [Rare.]
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Leg (leg), n. [A Scandinavian word: Icel. leggr, a leg, a hollow bone, a stem or trunk; Dan. laeg, the calf or shin.) 1. The limb of an animal, used in supporting the body and in walking and running; in a narrower sense, that part of the limb from the knee to the foot. Annexed we give a figure showing the bones of the human leg.—2. Anything resembling a leg; as, (a) a long slender support, as the leg of a chair or table; (b) one of the sides of a triangle as opposed to the base. —3. The part of a stoc or other article of dress that covers the leg.—4. t A bow or act of obeisance: usually in the phrase to make a leg.

He was a quarter of an hour in his legs and reverences to the company. Sir R. L'Estrange. He that cannot make a leg, put off's cap, kiss his

hand, and say nothing, has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap. Shak. 5. In cricket, (a) the part of the field that lies to the left of and behind the batsman as he faces the bowler; as, to strike a ball to leg. {} The fielder who acts in that part of the field.—6. A blackleg; a disreputable sporting character; a betting man.—7. Naut. a small rope put through one of the boltropes of the main or fore sail–To change the leg, to change the step: said of a horse.—

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running. [Slang.]—To put one's best leg Joremost, to take the best means to advance one's cause.--Toshake a loose leg, to lead an independent and £o licentious life. . slang.]—To have not a leg left, to ave not a leg to stand on, to have exhausted all one's strength or resources.—On one's last legs. See under LAST, a -On one's legs, standing, especially to speak. Meanwhile the convention had assembled, Mac. kenzie was on his legs, and was pathetically lamenting the hard condition of the Estates. Macaulay. Legable (leg'a-bl), a. [L. legabilis, from L. lego, to send, to bequeath.] Capable of being bequeathed. (leg'a-si), n. [An irregularly formed word from L. legatum, a legacy, from lego, to bequeath.] 1. A bequest; a particular thing or certain sum of money given by last will or testament. Legacies are of two kinds, p". and specific or special. A general legacy is that where a certain sum of money or a certain amount of property of any kind is bequeathed in general terms, and this is payable out of the movable estate of the testator. A legacy is said to be special or specific where a particular subject or debt, or a specific part of the testator's estate, is bequeathed to the legatee. —Demonstrative legacy, one that partakes somewhat of the nature of both a general and a specific legacy, as a gift of so much money with reference to a particular fund for payment. — Wested legacy. See VESTED. —Lapsed legacy. See LAPSED.— Legacy duty, a duty to which legacies, for purposes of revenue, are subject, the rate of which rises according to the remoteness of the relationship of the legatee, and reaches its maximum where he is not related to the testator.—2. Fig. anything bequeathed or handed down by an ancestor or predecessor. Good counsel is the best legacy a father can leave a child. Sir R. L'Estrange. Leaving great legacies of thought. Tennyson. 3.t A business which one has received from another to execute; a commission. He came and told his legacy. Chapman. so (leg'a-si-hunt-ér), n. One who flatters and courts for legacies. The legacy-hunter, however degraded by an illcompounded appellation in our barbarous language, was known, as I am told, in ancient Rome, by the sonorous titles of ‘captator' and “hacredipeta." wrotrong.

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ler, legis, law.] 1. According to law; in conformity with law; as, a legal standard or test; a legal procedure. —2. Lawful; permitted by law; as, a legal trade; anything is legal which the laws do not forbid.— 3. Pertaining to law; created by law. The exception must be confined to legal crimes.

arey, 4. In theol. (a) according to the law of works, as distinguished from free grace. (b) Ac


cording to the Mosaic dispensation, as distinguished from the Christian.-Legal debts, debts that are recoverable in a court of common law, as a bill of exchange, a bond, a simle contract debt.—Legal estate, an estate n land fully recognized as such in a court of common law. See Estate.—Legal fiction. See FICTION.—Legal reversion, in Scots law, the period within which a debtor, whoseheritage has been adjudged, is entitled to redeem the subject, that is, to disencumber it of the adjudication by paying the debt adjudged for.—SYN. Lawful, constitutional, legitimate, licit, authorized, allowable, permissible. Legal (lé'gal), n. In Scots law, same as Legal Reversion (which see under the adjective). Legalism (lé'gal-izm), n. Strict adherence to law or prescription; legal doctrine. Leave, therefore, ... mysticism and symbolism on the one side; cast away with utter scorn geometry and legalism on the other. writin. Legalist (lé'gal-ist), n. A stickler for adherence to law or prescription; specifically, in theol. one who relies for salvation upon the works of the law or on good works. o on 1. The state or quao of being legal; lawfulness; conformity aw.

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2. In theol. to interpret or apply in the spirit of the law of works, or the spirit of the Mosaic opensation, o gal-li), adv. In a legal manner: lawfully; according to law; in a manner o l -nes), m. Same as Legality. Legantine (leg'an-tin), a. A term applied to certain ecclesiastical laws enacted in national synods under the presidency of legates from the o: o: o; III. Legatary a-ta-ri), n. [Fr. taire, L. legatarius, from lego, to to: One to ho a legacy is bequeathed; a legatee. [Rare. Legate (leg'āt), n. (L. legatus, from lego, to send; Fr. legat.] 1. An ambassador. The legates from the AEtolian prince return; Sad news they bring. ryden. Especially—2. The pope's ambassador to a foreign prince or state; a cardinal or bishop sent as the pope's representative or commissioner to a sovereign prince. Legates are of three kinds: legates a latere, or counsellors and assistants of his holiness, who ssess the highest degree of authority, beng sent on the most important missions to foreign courts or to the Roman provinces as governors; legates de latere, next in rank to the former; and legati nati, or legates o office, who enjoy the titular distinction of legate by virtue of their dignity and rank in the church, but have no special mission. See Nuncio. Legatee (leg-a-tês), n. One to whom a legacy is bequeathed. Legateship (leg'āt-ship), n. The office of a legate

egate. Legatine (leg'āt-in), a. 1. Pertaining to a legate. “Your power legatine within this kingdom." Shak. —2. Made by or proceeding from a legate. “A legatine constitution.” Ayliffe. Legation (lé-gå'shon), n. [L. legatio, from lego, to depute, to send as an ambassador.I 1. A sending forth; a commissioning one or more persons to act at a distance for another or for others. ‘The divine legation of Moses." Warburton. —2. The person or persons sent as envoys or ambassadors to a foreign court; an embassy; a diplomatic minister and his suite; as, the legation of the United States at Paris.-3. A district ruled by a papallegate. The pope began his government of Ferrara, now become a legation like Bologna. Bronghamt. Legato (le-gā'tó). . [It, tied.] In music, a term used to signify that the passage over which it is placed is to be played and sung in an even, smooth, gliding manner. Groups • LEGATUR.

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Legement. In arch. same as Ledgement. Legend (lej'end), n. [Fr. legende, from L. legenda, lit. things to be read, from lego, to read, the term being originally applied to narratives of lives of the saints that had to be read as a religious duty..] 1. A chronicle or register of the lives of saints, formerly read at matins and at the refectories of religious houses. See Golden Legend under GOLDEN.—2. A story generally of a marvellous character told respecting a saint; hence, any remarkable story handed down from early times; a tradition; a non-historical narrative; an incredible unauthentic narrative of any kind. There are in Rome two sets of antiquities, th: Christian and the heathem: the former, though of a fresher date, are so embroiled with fable and Arorexia, that one receives but little satisfaction. Ada town. 3. An inscription of any kind, especially the inscription or motto on a shield or coat of arms; specifically, in numismatics, the words round the field of a medal or coin, as distinguished from the inscription which is across it. The new inscription, Peffer and Snagsby, displacing the time-honoured and not easily to be ...i fronto, Petter, only. 191ckens. nd (lej'end), c.t. To tell or narrate, as a legend. [Rare.] n (lej'end-a-ri), a. Consisting of legends; like a legend; strange; fabulous. Legendary (lej'end-a-ri), n. 1. A book of legends. Read the Countess of Pembroke's “Arcadia, a gal. lant legendary, full of pleasurable accidents.

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33 usually worn over the trousers and reaching up to the knee or higher. (leg'izm), n. The character or Fo of a blackleg. Blackwood's Mag.

..] (leg'i), a. Long-legged; having legs of a length disproportionate to the rest of the body; run to legs; lanky. “Slapper's long-tailed leggy mare.” Thackeray. Leghorn (leghorn), n. 1. A kind of plait for bonnets and hats made from the straw of bearded wheat cut green and bleached: so named from being imported from Leghorn.-2. A hat made of that material. Legibility (le-ji-bil’i-ti), n. Legibleness; the quality or state of being legible. His (C. Lamb's) badimage on his sister's handwrit. ing was in jest. It was remarkable for its perfect degibility. Taoyotarif. Legible (le'ji-bl), a. [L. legibilis, from lego, to read.) 1. That may be read; §§ of letters or figures that may be distinguished by the eye; as, a fair legible manuscript.—2. That may be discovered or understood by apparent marks or indications. People's opinions of themselves are legible in their countenances. 9eremy Collier.

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4. In scientific classification, a term occasionally used to express an assemblage of objects intermediate between an order and a class. Page.—Legion of honour, an honour instituted in France by Napoleon when first consul, as a reward for merit, both civil and military. The order consisted, under the empire, of grand crosses, grand officers, commanders, officers, and legionaries, but has since been so thoroughly remodelled as to have lost much of its original character. Ioy (lé'jon-a-ri), a. 1. Relating to a legion or to legions.—2. Consisting of a legion or of legions; as, a legionary force.— 3. Containing a great number. ‘Legionary body of error.’ Sir T. Browne. Legionary (lé'jon-a-ri), n. One of a legion; a Roman soldier belonging to a legion. Legionry (lé'jon-ri), n. Legions collectively. Pollok. [Rare.] Legislate (lejois-lāt), v.i. pret. & pp. legislated; ppr. legislating. [L. lea:, legis, law, and fero, latwan, to give, pass, or enact.] To make or enact a law or laws. Solon, in leg-fr/ating for the Athenians, had an idea of a more perfect constitution than ho thernp. (Patson. lation (lej-is-lä'shon), m. The act of legislating or enacting laws. But there is nevertheless a science of Zeror?ation.

Događat Stewart. tive (lej'is-lāt-iv), a. [Fr. legislatif. See LEGISLATE.] 1. Giving or enacting laws; having power or authority to enact laws; as, a legislative body.—2. Pertaining to the enacting of laws; suitable to the promulgation of laws. The poet is a kind of lawgiver, and those qualities are proper to the legislative style. Drydent. 3. Done by enacting: as, a legislative act. Legislatively (lejois-lāt-iv-li), adv. In a legislative manner. Legislator (lej'is-lāt-er), n. [L.] A lawgiver; one who frames or establishes the laws and polity of a state or kingdom; a member of a national or supreme legislative assembly, as our Houses of Lords or Commons. Legislatorial (lej'is-la-tū"ri-al), a. Relating to a legislature or legislator. Legislatorship (lej'is-lāt-er-ship), n. The

office of a legislator.


There ought to be a difference made between coming out of pupilage, and leaping into legislatorship. As of 1.x. Legislatress, Legislatrix (lej’is-lāt-res, lejois-lāt-riks), n. A woman who makes laws. 'The, wholesome laws of this legislatress.” Shaftesbury. Legislature (lej'is-lāt-ir), n. . [Sp. legislatura. See LEGISLATE.] The body of men in a state or kingdom invested with power to make and repeal laws; the supreme power of a state, in this country consisting of the Houses of Lords and Commons with the sovereign. Legist (lé'jist), n. One skilled in the laws. ‘Such bold and eloquent legists as Thaddeus of Suessa." Milman. Legitim (lej'it-im), n, [L. legitimus, according to law, legal.) In Scots law, the share of a father's movable property to which on his death his children are entitled. This amounts to one-third where the father has left a widow, and one-half where there is no widow. The legitim cannot be diminished or affected by any testamentary or other deed. By a statute passed in 1881 legitim is also made payable on the mother's movable estate. Called also Bairns' Part of Gear. Legitimacy (lé-jitsi-ma-si), n. The state of being legitimate; specifically, (a) in politics, the accordance of an action or of an institution with the municipal law of the land; in a narrower sense, accordance with the doctrine of divine right. (b) In law, lawfulness of birth: opposed to bastardy. (c) Genuineness: opposed to spuriousness. The legitimacy or reality of these marine bodies. If coastward. (d) Correct logical sequence or deduction; conformity with correct reasoning; as, the legitimacy of a conclusion. Legitimate (lé-jitsi-māt), a. [L.L. legitimatus, from legitimare, to legitimate, from L. legitimus, lawful, from lea:, law.] 1. Lawfully begotten or born; born in wedlock; as, legitimate heirs or children.—2. Genuine; real: proceeding from a pure source; not false or spurious. –3. In politics, according to law or established usage; in a narrower sense, according to the doctrine of divine right.— 4. Following by logical or natural sequence; as, a legitimate result; legitimate arguments or inferences. –5. Recognized as in accordance with or conforming to a particular rule or standard. Tillotson still keeps his place as a legitimate English classic. Msaca raday. —Legitimate fertilization (bot.), in dimorphous plants, the fertilization of a female plant of one form by the pollen from a male plant of the other form, as in the case of a long-styled primrose fertilizing a shortstyled one, this union being most fertile. Darwin, Legitimate (lé-jitsi-māt), v. t. pret. & pp. legitimated; ppr. o [L. L. legitimo, legitimatum, from L. legitimus, lawful, from lea:, legis, law.) 1. To make lawful. , ‘To legitimate vice." Milton, –2. To render legitimate; to communicate the rights of a legitimate child to one that is illegiti#: to invest with the rights of a lawful elr. Legitimately (lé-jit'i-māt-li), adv. ... In a legitimate manner; lawfully; according to law; genuinely; not falsely. Difficulties prove a soul legitimately great. Dryden. Legitimateness (lé-jitsi-māt-nes), m. The state or quality of being legitimate; legality; lawfulness; genuineness. Legitimation (lé-jitsi-mâ"shon), m. [Fr.] 1. The act of making legal or giving anything the recognition of law. “The coinage or legitimation of money." East.—2. The act of rendering legitimate, or of investing an illegitimate child with the rights of one born in wedlock. —3. Lawful birth. [Rare.]

I have disclaim"d Sir Robert and my land;

1.e. itimation, name, and all is gone:

Then, good Iny mother, let me know my o: or A.

–Letters of legitimation, in Scots law, letters from the sovereign empowering a bastard where he has no lawful children to dispose of his heritage or movables at any time during his life, and to make a testament. These privileges, however, he can now enjoy without letters of legitimation. Legitimatist (lé-jitsi-ma-tist), n. Same as Legitimist. Legitimatize (lū-jitsi-ma-tiz), v.t. To make legitimate. Legitimism (lé-jit'im-izm), n. The principles of the legitimists.

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| Leisured (lé'zhūrd), a. Having leisure or much unoccupied time; unemployed. The court (of Queen Victoria) exhibited to the nation and the world a pattern of personal conduct, in all the points most slippery and dangerous for a wealthy country, with a large of class, in a luxurious age. Contemporary Rev. Leisurely (lé'zhūr-li), adv. Not in haste or hurry; slowly; at leisure; deliberately. We descended very leisurely, my friend being | careful to count the steps. Addison. Leisurely (lé'zhūr-li), a. Done at leisure; not hasty; deliberate; slow; as, a leisurely walk or march. The bridge is human life: upon a leisurely survey of it, I found that it consisted of threescore and ten entire arches. Agatsort. | Leite,t n. Light.—Thonder-leite, lightning. Chaucer. Leke,t n. A leek; sometimes used bially for a thing of small value. Leket (lék), a. aky. Spenser. Leman (lé'man), n. [Contr. from lefnan, leveman, A. Sax. leof, loved, and man. See LOVE and LIEF.] A sweetheart of either sex; a gallant or a mistress: usually in a bad sense. And angry Joye an hideous storme of raine Did pour into his leman's lap so fast. Spenrer. Lemanieae (lé-mă'ni-6-6), m. pl. A family of confervoid fresh-water algae, with fronds branched, hollow, and bearing within whorls of wart-like bodies, consisting of tufted necklace-shaped filaments. Lemet (lém), n. [A. Sax. leóma, a ray of light...] A ray of lo a gleam. Lemet (lém), v.i. To shine. Lemma (lem'ma), n. (Gr. lemma, from lamband, to receive.) In math, a !'...} or preparatory proposition lai demonstrated for the purpose of facilitating or rendering more perspicuous the demonstration of some other proposition or propositions, or the construction of a problem. Whatever is so much I conceive to have been a fundamental fernona for Hazlitt—is wrong.

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Ion; Leming (lem'ing), n. [Dan. and N.; Sw. lemmel.] An ...; name applied to a up of rodent mammals, very nearly all to the mouse and rat, and constituting the genus Myodes of some naturalists, Lemmus of others. There are several species, varying in size and colour according to the regions they inhabit. They are found in Norway, Lapland, Siberia, and the northern parts of America. Those of Norway are about the size of a water-rat, while those


Common Lemming (Myodes Lemmus).

of Lapland and Siberia are scarcely larger than a field-mouse. The most noted species is the common or European lemming (M. Lemmus). It is very prolific, and vast hordes periodically migrate towards the Atlantic and the Gulf of Bothnia, destroying all vegetation in their path. Vast numbers of wild animals—bears, wolves, foxes—hang upon them in their march, making them their prey, thus tending to keep their numbers in some degree in check. Such migrations are said to portend a hard winter. Lemmus (lem'us), n. See LEMMING. Lemna (lem'na), n. . [Gr, lemma, a waterplant. ) A genus of well known aquatic annuals, belonging to the nat. order Lemnaceae or duck-weed tribe. They consist of small or minute floating fronds, with simple roots or rootless, usually propagated by budding, and almost destitute of vascular tissue. The very minute flowers are produced from the edge or the middle of the frond. Four species are natives of Britain, and are known by the common name of Duck-meat, Duck's-meat, or Duck-weed. See DUCK-MEAT. Lemnaceae (lem-nā’sé-é), m. pl. A nat. order of monocotyledons. They arefloating plants, with lenticular or lobed leaves or fronds, bearing one or two monoecious flowers, in

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