Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Lyerman noun (Zoology) The cicada.

Lygodium noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... flexible; ... a willow twig + ... form.] (Botany) A genus of ferns with twining or climbing fronds, bearing stalked and variously-lobed divisions in pairs.

» Lygodium palmatum , much prized for indoor ornament, inhabits shaded and moist grassy places, from Massachusetts to Virginia and Kentucky, and sparingly southwards.

Lying present participle & verbal noun of Lie , to tell a falsehood.

Lying-in noun
1. The state attending, and consequent to, childbirth; confinement.

2. The act of bearing a child.

Lyingly adverb In a lying manner; falsely.

Lyken transitive verb [ See Like , transitive verb ] To please; -- chiefly used impersonally. [ Obsolete] " Sith it lyketh you." Chaucer.

Lym, Lymhound noun A dog held in a leam; a bloodhound; a limehound. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Lymail noun See Limaille . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Lyme grass (Botany) A coarse perennial grass of several species of Elymus , esp. E. Canadensis , and the European E. arenarius .

Lymph noun [ Latin lympha : confer French lymphe .]
1. A spring of water; hence, water, or a pure, transparent liquid like water.

A fountain bubbled up, whose lymph serene
Nothing of earthly mixture might distain.
Trench.

2. (Anat.) An alkaline colorless fluid, contained in the lymphatic vessels, coagulable like blood, but free from red blood corpuscles. It is absorbed from the various tissues and organs of the body, and is finally discharged by the thoracic and right lymphatic ducts into the great veins near the heart.

3. (Medicine) A fibrinous material exuded from the blood vessels in inflammation. In the process of healing it is either absorbed, or is converted into connective tissue binding the inflamed surfaces together.

Lymph corpuscles (Anat.) , finely granular nucleated cells, identical with the colorless blood corpuscles, present in the lymph and chyle. -- Lymph duct (Anat.) , a lymphatic. -- Lymph heart . See Note under Heart , noun , 1.

Lymph noun (Physiol. Chem.) A fluid containing certain products resulting from the growth of specific microörganisms upon some culture medium, and supposed to be possessed of curative properties.

Lymph node (Anat.) A lymphatic gland.

Lymphadenitis noun [ New Latin See Lymph , and Adenitis .] (Medicine) Inflammation of the lymphatic glands; -- called also lymphitis .

Lymphadenoma noun [ New Latin See Lymph , Aden- , and -oma .] (Medicine) See Lymphoma .

Lymphangeitis noun [ New Latin , from Latin lympha lymph + Greek ... vessel + -itis .] (Medicine) Inflammation of the lymphatic vessels. [ Written also lymphangitis .]

Lymphangial adjective [ See Lymphangeitis .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the lymphatics, or lymphoid tissue; lymphatic.

Lymphate, Lymphated adjective [ Latin lymphatus , past participle of lymphare to water, dilute with water, to drive out of one's senses, to make mad.] Frightened into madness; raving. [ Obsolete]

Lymphatic adjective [ Latin lymphaticus distracted, frantic: confer French lymphatique ] pertaining to, containing, or conveying lymph.

2. Madly enthusiastic; frantic. [ Obsolete] " Lymphatic rapture. " Sir T. Herbert. [ See Lymphate .]

Lymphatic gland (Anat.) , one of the solid glandlike bodies connected with the lymphatics or the lacteals; -- called also lymphatic ganglion , and conglobate gland . -- Lymphatic temperament (Old Physiol.) , a temperament in which the lymphatic system seems to predominate, that is, a system in which the complexion lacks color and the tissues seem to be of loose texture; hence, a temperament lacking energy, inactive, indisposed to exertion or excitement. See Temperament .

Lymphatic noun
1. (Anat.) One of the lymphatic or absorbent vessels, which carry lymph and discharge it into the veins; lymph duct; lymphatic duct.

2. A mad enthusiast; a lunatic. [ Obsolete]

Lymphitis noun [ New Latin ] (Medicine) See Lymphadenitis .

Lymphogenic adjective [ Lymph + root of Latin gignere to produce.] (Physiol.) Connected with, or formed in, the lymphatic glands.

Lymphography noun [ Lymph + -graphy .] A description of the lymphatic vessels, their origin and uses.

Lymphoid adjective [ Lymph + - oid .] (Anat.) Resembling lymph; also, resembling a lymphatic gland; adenoid; as, lymphoid tissue.

Lymphoma noun [ New Latin See Lymph , and -oma .] (Medicine) A tumor having a structure resembling that of a lymphatic gland; -- called also lymphadenoma .

Malignant lymphoma , a fatal disease characterized by the formation in various parts of the body of new growths resembling lymphatic glands in structure.

Lymphy adjective Containing, or like, lymph.

Lyn noun A waterfall. See Lin . [ Scot.]

Lyncean adjective [ See Lynx .] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the lynx.

Lynch transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Lynched ; present participle & verbal noun Lynching .] [ See Note under Lynch law .] To inflict punishment upon, especially death, without the forms of law, as when a mob captures and hangs a suspected person. See Lynch law .

Lynch law The act or practice by private persons of inflicting punishment for crimes or offenses, without due process of law.

» The term Lynch law is said to be derived from a Virginian named Lynch, who took the law into his own hands. But the origin of the term is very doubtful.

Lyncher noun One who assists in lynching.

Lynde, Lynden noun See Linden .

Lyne noun Linen. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Lynx (lĭnks) noun [ Latin lynx , lyncis , Greek ly`gx ; akin to Anglo-Saxon lox , German luchs , probably named from its sharp sight, and akin to English light . See Light , noun , and confer Ounce an animal.]
1. (Zoology) Any one of several species of feline animals of the genus Felis , and subgenus Lynx . They have a short tail, and usually a pencil of hair on the tip of the ears.

» Among the well-known species are the European lynx ( Felis borealis ); the Canada lynx or loup-cervier ( F. Canadensis ); the bay lynx of America ( F. rufa ), and its western spotted variety ( var. maculata ); and the pardine lynx ( F. pardina ) of Southern Europe.

2. (Astron.) One of the northern constellations.

Lynx-eyed adjective Having acute sight.

Lyonnaise adjective [ French lyonnaise , fem. of lyonnais of Lyons.] (Cookery) Applied to boiled potatoes cut into small pieces and heated in oil or butter. They are usually flavored with onion and parsley.

Lyopomata noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... to loose + ..., ..., a lid.] (Zoology) An order of brachiopods, in which the valves of shell are not articulated by a hinge. It includes the Lingula, Discina, and allied forms. [ Written also Lyopoma .]

Lyra noun [ Latin lyra , Greek .... See Lyre .]
1. (Astron.) A northern constellation, the Harp, containing a white star of the first magnitude, called Alpha Lyræ , or Vega .

2. (Anat.) The middle portion of the ventral surface of the fornix of the brain; -- so called from the arrangement of the lines with which it is marked in the human brain.

Lyraid noun (Astron.) Same as Lyrid .

Lyrate, Lyrated adjective [ New Latin lyratus . See Lyre .]
1. (Botany) Lyre-shaped, or spatulate and oblong, with small lobes toward the base; as, a lyrate leaf.

2. (Zoology) Shaped like a lyre, as the tail of the blackcock, or that of the lyre bird.

Lyre noun [ Middle English lire , Old French lyre , Latin lyra , Greek .... Confer Lyra .]
1. (Mus.) A stringed instrument of music; a kind of harp much used by the ancients, as an accompaniment to poetry.

» The lyre was the peculiar instrument of Apollo, the tutelary god of music and poetry. It gave name to the species of verse called lyric, to which it originally furnished an accompaniment.

2. (Astron.) One of the constellations; Lyra. See Lyra .

Lyre bat (Zoology) , a small bat ( Megaderma lyra ), inhabiting India and Ceylon. It is remarkable for the enormous size and curious shape of the nose membrane and ears. -- Lyre turtle (Zoology) , the leatherback.

Lyre bird (Zoology) Any one of two or three species of Australian birds of the genus Menura . The male is remarkable for having the sixteen tail feathers very long and, when spread, arranged in the form of a lyre. The common lyre bird ( Menura superba ), inhabiting New South Wales, is about the size of a grouse. Its general color is brown, with rufous color on the throat, wings, tail coverts and tail. Called also lyre pheasant and lyre-tail .

Lyric noun
1. A lyric poem; a lyrical composition.

2. A composer of lyric poems. [ R.] Addison.

3. A verse of the kind usually employed in lyric poetry; -- used chiefly in the plural .

Lyric, Lyrical adjective [ Latin lyricus , Greek ...: confer French lyrique . See Lyre .]
1. Of or pertaining to a lyre or harp.

2. Fitted to be sung to the lyre; hence, also, appropriate for song; -- said especially of poetry which expresses the individual emotions of the poet. "Sweet lyric song." Milton.

Lyrically adverb In a lyrical manner.

Lyricism noun A lyric composition. Gray.

Lyrid (lī"rĭd) noun (Astron.) One of the group of shooting stars which come into the air in certain years on or about the 19th of April; -- so called because the apparent path among the stars if produced backwards crosses the constellation Lyra .

Lyrie (lī"rĭ) noun [ Icelandic hlȳri a sort of fish.] (Zoology) A European fish ( Peristethus cataphractum ), having the body covered with bony plates, and having three spines projecting in front of the nose; -- called also noble , pluck , pogge , sea poacher , and armed bullhead .

Lyriferous (li*rĭf"ẽr*ŭs) adjective [ Lyre + -ferous .] (Zoology) Having a lyre-shaped shoulder girdle, as certain fishes.

Lyrism (līr"ĭz'm) noun [ Confer Greek lyrismo`s .] The act of playing on a lyre or harp. G. Eliot.