Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ French Confer Lusern
.] (Zoology) The Canada lynx. See Lynx .
; plural Loups-garous
. [ French, from loup
wolf + a Teutonic word akin to English werewolf
.] A werewolf; a lycanthrope.
The superstition of the loup-garou , or werewolf, belongs to the folklore of most modern nations, and has its reflex in the story of "Little Red Riding-hood" and others. Brinton.
Loup-loup (lō`lō") noun [ French] (Zoology) The Pomeranian or Spitz dog.
[ From Loup
to leap.] (Veter.) An enzoötic, often fatal, disease of sheep and other domestic animals, of unknown cause. It is characterized by muscular tremors and spasms, followed by more or less complete paralysis. The principal lesion is an inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
Loups noun plural ; sing. Loup . [ French, prop., a wolf.] (Ethnol.) The Pawnees, a tribe of North American Indians whose principal totem was the wolf.
Lour noun [ Native name.] (Zoology) An Asiatic sardine ( Clupea Neohowii ), valued for its oil.
Louri noun (Zoology) See Lory .
; plural Lice
(līs). [ Middle English lous
, Anglo-Saxon lūs
, plural lȳs
; akin to Dutch luis
, German laus
, Old High German lūs
, Icelandic lūs
, Swedish lus
, Danish luus
; perhaps so named because it is destructive, and akin to English lose
.] (Zoology) 1. Any one of numerous species of small, wingless, suctorial, parasitic insects belonging to a tribe ( Pediculina ), now usually regarded as degraded Hemiptera. To this group belong of the lice of man and other mammals; as, the head louse of man ( Pediculus capitis ), the body louse ( P. vestimenti ), and the crab louse ( Phthirius pubis ), and many others. See Crab louse , Dog louse , Cattle louse , etc., under Crab , Dog , etc. 2. Any one of numerous small mandibulate insects, mostly parasitic on birds, and feeding on the feathers. They are known as Mallophaga, or bird lice, though some occur on the hair of mammals. They are usually regarded as degraded Pseudoneuroptera. See Mallophaga . 3. Any one of the numerous species of aphids, or plant lice. See Aphid . 4. Any small crustacean parasitic on fishes. See Branchiura , and Ichthvophthira .
» The term is also applied to various other parasites; as, the whale louse
, bee louse
, horse louse
. Louse fly (Zoology)
, a parasitic dipterous insect of the group Pupipara. Some of them are wingless, as the bee louse.
-- Louse mite (Zoology)
, any one of numerous species of mites which infest mammals and birds, clinging to the hair and feathers like lice. They belong to Myobia , Dermaleichus , Mycoptes , and several other genera.
Louse (louz) transitive verb To clean from lice. "You sat and loused him." Swift.
Lousewort noun (Botany) Any species of Pedicularis , a genus of perennial herbs. It was said to make sheep that fed on it lousy. Yellow lousewort , a plant of the genus Rhinanthus .
[ From Lousy
.] In a lousy manner; in a mean, paltry manner; scurvily.
Lousiness noun The state or quality of being lousy.
Lousy adjective 1. Infested with lice. 2. Mean; contemptible; as, lousy knave.
Such lousy learning as this is. Bale.
(lout) intransitive verb
[ Middle English louten
, Anglo-Saxon lūtan
; akin to Icelandic lūta
, Danish lude
, Old High German lūzēn
to lie hid.] To bend; to box; to stoop.
[ Archaic] Chaucer. Longfellow.
He fair the knight saluted, louting low. Spenser.
Lout noun [ Formerly also written lowt .] A clownish, awkward fellow; a bumpkin. Sir P. Sidney.
Lout transitive verb To treat as a lout or fool; to neglect; to disappoint. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Loutish adjective Clownish; rude; awkward. " Loutish clown." Sir P. Sidney. -- Lout"ish*ly , adverb -- Lout"ish*ness , noun
Loutou noun [ Native names.] (Zoology) A crested black monkey ( Semnopithecus maurus ) of Java.
Louver, Louvre noun
[ Middle English lover
, Old French lover
; or l'ouvert
the opening, from overt
, past participle of ovrir
, to open, French ouvrir
. Confer Overt
.] (Architecture) A small lantern. See Lantern , 2 (a) .
[ Written also lover
, and luffer
.] Louver boards or boarding
, the sloping boards set to shed rainwater outward in openings which are to be left otherwise unfilled; as belfry windows, the openings of a louver, etc.
-- Louver work
, slatted work.
Lovable adjective Having qualities that excite, or are fitted to excite, love; worthy of love.
Elaine the fair, Elaine the lovable , Tennyson.
Elaine, the lily maid of Astolat.
Lovage noun [ French livèche , from Latin levisticum , ligusticum , a plant indigenous to Liguria, lovage, from Ligusticus Ligustine, Ligurian, Liguria a country of Cisalpine Gaul.] (Botany) An umbelliferous plant ( Levisticum officinale ), sometimes used in medicine as an aromatic stimulant.
[ Middle English love
, Anglo-Saxon lufe
; akin to English lief
, Latin lubet
,it pleases, Sanskrit lubh
to be lustful. See Lief
.] 1. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preëminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters.
Of all the dearest bonds we prove Keble. 2. Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate affection for, one of the opposite sex.
Thou countest sons' and mothers' love
Most sacred, most Thine own.
He on his side Milton. 3. Courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love , i. e., to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.
Leaning half-raised, with looks of cordial love
Hung over her enamored.
Demetrius . . . Shak. 4. Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to hate ; often with of and an object.
Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,
And won her soul.
Love , and health to all. Shak.
Smit with the love of sacred song. Milton.
The love of science faintly warmed his breast. Fenton. 5. Due gratitude and reverence to God.
Keep yourselves in the love of God. Jude 21. 6. The object of affection; -- often employed in endearing address.
"Trust me, love
Open the temple gates unto my love . Spenser. 7. Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus.
Such was his form as painters, when they show Dryden.
Their utmost art, on naked Lores bestow.
Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love . Shak. 8. A thin silk stuff.
[ Obsolete] Boyle. 9. (Botany) A climbing species of Clematis ( C. Vitalba ). 10. Nothing; no points scored on one side; -- used in counting score at tennis, etc.
He won the match by three sets to love . The Field.
is often used in the formation of compounds, in most of which the meaning is very obvious; as, love-
taught, etc. A labor of love
, a labor undertaken on account of regard for some person, or through pleasure in the work itself, without expectation of reward.
-- Free love
, the doctrine or practice of consorting with one of the opposite sex, at pleasure, without marriage. See Free love .
-- Free lover
, one who avows or practices free love.
-- In love
, in the act of loving; -- said esp. of the love of the sexes; as, to be in love ; to fall in love .
-- Love apple (Botany)
, the tomato.
-- Love bird (Zoology)
, any one of several species of small, short-tailed parrots, or parrakeets, of the genus Agapornis , and allied genera. They are mostly from Africa. Some species are often kept as cage birds, and are celebrated for the affection which they show for their mates.
-- Love broker
, a person who for pay acts as agent between lovers, or as a go-between in a sexual intrigue. Shak.
-- Love charm
, a charm for exciting love. Ld. Lytton.
-- Love child
. an illegitimate child. Jane Austen.
-- Love day
, a day formerly appointed for an amicable adjustment of differences.
[ Obsolete] Piers Plowman. Chaucer.
-- Love drink
, a love potion; a philter. Chaucer.
-- Love favor
, something given to be worn in token of love.
-- Love feast
, a religious festival, held quarterly by some religious denominations, as the Moravians and Methodists, in imitation of the agapæ of the early Christians.
-- Love feat
, the gallant act of a lover. Shak.
-- Love game
, a game, as in tennis, in which the vanquished person or party does not score a point.
-- Love grass
. [ German liebesgras
.] (Botany) Any grass of the genus Eragrostis .
. (Botany) (a) An herb of the Buttercup family ( Nigella Damascena ) having the flowers hidden in a maze of finely cut bracts
. (b) The West Indian Passiflora fœtida , which has similar bracts.
-- Love-in- idleness (Botany)
, a kind of violet; the small pansy.
A little western flower, Shak.
Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound;
And maidens call it love-in-idleness .
-- Love juice
, juice of a plant supposed to produce love. Shak.
-- Love knot
, a knot or bow, as of ribbon; -- so called from being used as a token of love, or as a pledge of mutual affection. Milman.
-- Love lass
, a sweetheart.
-- Love letter
, a letter of courtship. Shak.
-- Love-lies-bleeding (Botany)
, a species of amaranth ( Amarantus melancholicus ).
-- Love match
, a marriage brought about by love alone.
-- Love potion
, a compounded draught intended to excite love, or venereal desire.
-- Love rites
, sexual intercourse. Pope
-- Love scene
, an exhibition of love, as between lovers on the stage.
-- Love suit
, courtship. Shak.
-- Of all loves
, for the sake of all love; by all means.
[ Obsolete] "Mrs. Arden desired him of all loves
to come back again." Holinshed.
-- The god of love
, or Love god
-- To make love to
, to express affection for; to woo.
"If you will marry, make
your loves to
-- To play for love
, to play a game, as at cards, without stakes.
"A game at piquet for love
." Lamb. Syn.
-- Affection; friendship; kindness; tenderness; fondness; delight.
(lŭv) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Loved
(lŭvd); present participle & verbal noun Loving
.] [ Anglo-Saxon lufian
. √124. See Love
] 1. To have a feeling of love for; to regard with affection or good will; as, to love one's children and friends; to love one's country; to love one's God.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matt. xxii. 37.
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. Matt. xxii. 39. 2. To regard with passionate and devoted affection, as that of one sex for the other. 3. To take delight or pleasure in; to have a strong liking or desire for, or interest in; to be pleased with; to like; as, to love books; to love adventures.
Wit, eloquence, and poetry. Cowley.
Arts which I loved .
Love intransitive verb To have the feeling of love; to be in love.
+ Old French druerie.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Love-making noun Courtship. Bacon.
Love-sick adjective 1. Languishing with love or amorous desire; as, a love-sick maid.
To the dear mistress of my love-sick mind. Dryden. 2. Originating in, or expressive of, languishing love.
Where nightingales their love-sick ditty sing. Dryden.
Love-sickness noun The state of being love-sick.
Lovee noun One who is loved. [ Humorous] "The lover and lovee ." Richardson.
Loveful adjective Full of love. [ Obsolete] Sylvester.
Loveless adjective 1. Void of love; void of tenderness or kindness. Milton. Shelton. 2. Not attracting love; unattractive.
These are ill-favored to see to; and yet, as loveless as they be, they are not without some medicinable virtues. Holland.
[ From Lovely
.] In manner to excite love; amiably.
[ R.] Otway.
[ From Lovely
.] The state or quality of being lovely.
If there is such a native loveliness in the sex as to make them victorious when in the wrong, how resistless their power when they are on the side of truth! Spectator.
Lovelock noun A long lock of hair hanging prominently by itself; an earlock; -- worn by men of fashion in the reigns of Elizabeth and James I. Burton.
A long lovelock and long hair he wore. Sir W. Scott.
Lovelorn adjective Forsaken by one's love.
The lovelorn nightingale. Milton.
[ Compar. Lovelier
; superl. Loveliest
.] [ Anglo-Saxon luflic
.] 1. Having such an appearance as excites, or is fitted to excite, love; beautiful; charming; very pleasing in form, looks, tone, or manner.
to look on." Piers Plowman.
Not one so fair of face, of speech so lovely . Robert of Brunne.
If I had such a tire, this face of mine Shak. 2. Lovable; amiable; having qualities of any kind which excite, or are fitted to excite, love or friendship.
Were full as lovely as is this of hers.
A most lovely gentlemanlike man. Shak. 3. Loving; tender.
[ Obsolete] "A lovely
Many a lovely look on them he cast. Chaucer. 4. Very pleasing; -- applied loosely to almost anything which is not grand or merely pretty; as, a lovely view; a lovely valley; a lovely melody.
Indeed these fields Tennyson. Syn.
Are lovely , lovelier not the Elysian lawns.
-- Beautiful; charming; delightful; delectable; enchanting; lovable; amiable.
Lovely adverb In a manner to please, or to excite love. [ Obsolete or R.] Tyndale.
Lovemonger noun One who deals in affairs of love. [ Obsolete] Shak.
(lŭv"ẽr) noun 1. One who loves; one who is in love; -- usually limited, in the singular, to a person of the male sex. Gower.
Love is blind, and lovers can not see Shak. 2. A friend; one strongly attached to another; one who greatly desires the welfare of any person or thing; as, a lover of his country.
The pretty follies that themselves commit.
I slew my best lover for the good of Rome. Shak. 3. One who has a strong liking for anything, as books, science, or music.
of knowledge." T. Burnet.
(lō"vẽr), Lo"ver*y noun See Louver .
[ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.
(lŭv"ẽr*wīz`) adverb As lovers do.
As they sat down here loverwise . W. D. Howells.
Lovesome adjective [ Anglo-Saxon lufsum .] Lovely. [ Obsolete]
Loving adjective 1. Affectionate.
The fairest and most loving wife in Greece. Tennyson. 2. Expressing love or kindness; as, loving words.
Loving cup A large ornamental drinking vessel having two or more handles, intended to pass from hand to hand, as at a banquet.
Loving-kindness noun Tender regard; mercy; favor. Ps. lxxxix. 33.
Lovingly adverb With love; affectionately.
Lovingness noun Affection; kind regard.
The only two bands of good will, loveliness and lovingness . Sir. P. Sidney.
Lovyer noun A lover. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.