Plural Nouns Starting with L
Labia (n. pl.) See Labium.
Labras (n. pl.) Lips.
Labyrinthici (n. pl.) An order of teleostean fishes, including the Anabas, or climbing perch, and other allied fishes.
Labyrinthodonta (n. pl.) An extinct order of Amphibia, including the typical genus Labyrinthodon, and many other allied forms, from the Carboniferous, Permian, and Triassic formations. By recent writers they are divided into two or more orders. See Stegocephala.
Lacertilia (n. pl.) An order of Reptilia, which includes the lizards.
Laemodipoda (n. pl.) A division of amphipod Crustacea, in which the abdomen is small or rudimentary and the legs are often reduced to five pairs. The whale louse, or Cyamus, and Caprella are examples.
Lagemorpha (n. pl.) A group of rodents, including the hares. They have four incisors in the upper jaw. Called also Duplicidentata.
Lamboys (n. pl.) Same as Base, n., 19.
Lamellibranchia (n. pl.) Alt. of Lamellibranchiata
Lamellibranchiata (n. pl.) A class of Mollusca including all those that have bivalve shells, as the clams, oysters, mussels, etc.
Lamellicornia (n. pl.) A group of lamellicorn, plant-eating beetles; -- called also Lamellicornes.
Lamellirostres (n. pl.) A group of birds embracing the Anseres and flamingoes, in which the bill is lamellate.
Lames (n. pl.) Small steel plates combined together so as to slide one upon the other and form a piece of armor.
Lamnunguia (n. pl.) Same as Hyracoidea.
Lapilli (n. pl.) Volcanic ashes, consisting of small, angular, stony fragments or particles.
Lapps (n. pl.) A branch of the Mongolian race, now living in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, and the adjacent parts of Russia.
Lares (n. pl.) See 1st Lar.
Larvalia (n. pl.) An order of Tunicata, including Appendicularia, and allied genera; -- so called because certain larval features are retained by them through life. Called also Copelata. See Appendicularia.
Latirostres (n. pl.) The broad-billed singing birds, such as the swallows, and their allies.
Lazaroni (n. pl.) See Lazzaroni.
Lazzaroni (n. pl.) The homeless idlers of Naples who live by chance work or begging; -- so called from the Hospital of St. Lazarus, which serves as their refuge.
Leavings (n. pl.) Things left; remnants; relics.
Leavings (n. pl.) Refuse; offal.
Lees (n. pl.) Dregs. See 2d Lee.
Leiotrichi (n. pl.) The division of mankind which embraces the smooth-haired races.
Lemures (n. pl.) Spirits or ghosts of the departed; specters.
Lemuroidea (n. pl.) A suborder of primates, including the lemurs, the aye-aye, and allied species.
Lendes (n. pl.) See Lends.
Lends (n. pl.) Loins.
Lenni-Lenape (n. pl.) A general name for a group of Algonquin tribes which formerly occupied the coast region of North America from Connecticut to Virginia. They included the Mohicans, Delawares, Shawnees, and several other tribes.
Lepidoptera (n. pl.) An order of insects, which includes the butterflies and moths. They have broad wings, covered with minute overlapping scales, usually brightly colored.
Lepidosauria (n. pl.) A division of reptiles, including the serpents and lizards; the Plagiotremata.
Leptocardia (n. pl.) The lowest class of Vertebrata, including only the Amphioxus. The heart is represented only by a simple pulsating vessel. The blood is colorless; the brain, renal organs, and limbs are wanting, and the backbone is represented only by a simple, unsegmented notochord. See Amphioxus.
Leptostraca (n. pl.) An order of Crustacea, including Nebalia and allied forms.
Lernaeacea (n. pl.) 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.
Letts (n. pl.) An Indo-European people, allied to the Lithuanians and Old Prussians, and inhabiting a part of the Baltic provinces of Russia.
Levirostres (n. pl.) A group of birds, including the hornbills, kingfishers, and related forms.
Lights (n. pl.) The lungs of an animal or bird; -- sometimes coarsely applied to the lungs of a human being.
Limicolae (n. pl.) A group of shore birds, embracing the plovers, sandpipers, snipe, curlew, etc. ; the Grallae.
Limuloidea (n. pl.) An order of Merostomata, including among living animals the genus Limulus, with various allied fossil genera, mostly of the Carboniferous period. Called also Xiphosura.
Linguatulida (n. pl.) Same as Linguatulina.
Linguatulina (n. pl.) An order of wormlike, degraded, parasitic arachnids. They have two pairs of retractile hooks, near the mouth. Called also Pentastomida.
Lipans (n. pl.) A tribe of North American Indians, inhabiting the northern part of Mexico. They belong to the Tinneh stock, and are closely related to the Apaches.
Lipocephala (n. pl.) Same as Lamellibranchia.
Lissencephala (n. pl.) A general name for all those placental mammals that have a brain with few or no cerebral convolutions, as Rodentia, Insectivora, etc.
Literati (n. pl.) Learned or literary men. See Literatus.
Lobosa (n. pl.) An order of Rhizopoda, in which the pseudopodia are thick and irregular in form, as in the Amoeba.
Lochia (n. pl.) The discharge from the womb and vagina which follows childbirth.
Longicornia (n. pl.) A division of beetles, including a large number of species, in which the antennae are very long. Most of them, while in the larval state, bore into the wood or beneath the bark of trees, and some species are very destructive to fruit and shade trees. See Apple borer, under Apple, and Locust beetle, under Locust.
Longipennes (n. pl.) A group of longwinged sea birds, including the gulls, petrels, etc.
Longirostres (n. pl.) A group of birds characterized by having long slender bills, as the sandpipers, curlews, and ibises. It is now regarded as an artificial division.
Lophobranchii (n. pl.) An order of teleostean fishes, having the gills arranged in tufts on the branchial arches, as the Hippocampus and pipefishes.
Lophopoda (n. pl.) Same as Phylactolemata.
Loricata (n. pl.) A suborder of edentates, covered with bony plates, including the armadillos.
Loricata (n. pl.) The crocodilia.
Lotophagi (n. pl.) A people visited by Ulysses in his wanderings. They subsisted on the lotus. See Lotus (b), and Lotus-eater.
Louchettes (n. pl.) Goggles intended to rectify strabismus by permitting vision only directly in front.
Loups (n. pl.) The Pawnees, a tribe of North American Indians whose principal totem was the wolf.
lucernarida (n. pl.) A division of acalephs, including Lucernaria and allied genera; -- called also Calycozoa.
lucernarida (n. pl.) A more extensive group of acalephs, including both the true lucernarida and the Discophora.
Lupercalia (n. pl.) A feast of the Romans in honor of Lupercus, or Pan.
Lyencephala (n. pl.) A group of Mammalia, including the marsupials and monotremes; -- so called because the corpus callosum is rudimentary.
Lyopomata (n. pl.) An order of brachiopods, in which the valves of shell are not articulated by a hinge. It includes the Lingula, Discina, and allied forms.
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