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labium Tweet Definition of labium Like Definition of labium on Facebook
noun (labi, a)
  1. (anatomy) A liplike structure; especially one of the two pairs of folds of skin either side of the vulva.
  2. (botany) The lip of a labiate corolla.
lac Tweet Definition of lac Like Definition of lac on Facebook
noun
  1. A resinous substance produced mainly on the banyan tree by the female of Coccus lacca, a scale-shaped insect.
lacewing Tweet Definition of lacewing Like Definition of lacewing on Facebook
noun
  1. any of several gauzy-winged insects of the families Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae
ladybug Tweet Definition of ladybug Like Definition of ladybug on Facebook
noun
  1. (North America) any of the Coccinellidae family of beetles, typically having a round shape and a colorful shell. Also called ladybird or lady beetle. See w:Coccinellidae for more information.
larva Tweet Definition of larva Like Definition of larva on Facebook
noun (larv, ae)
  1. A stage of growth for some insects, in which they are wingless and resemble a caterpillar or grub after hatching from their egg
  2. an animal in the aforementioned stage.
  3. A form of a recently born or hatched animal that is quite different from its adult stage.
larval Tweet Definition of larval Like Definition of larval on Facebook
adjective
  1. the state of or being a larva
leatherjacket Tweet Definition of leatherjacket Like Definition of leatherjacket on Facebook
noun
  1. The larva of some crane flies
  2. Any of several brightly coloured tropical fishes, of the family Balistidae, including the filefish and the triggerfish; leatherfish
  3. Any of several Atlantic fishes, of the genus Oligoplites, that have a leathery skin; leatherjack
Lepidoptera Tweet Definition of Lepidoptera Like Definition of Lepidoptera on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (entomology) a taxonomic order, within class Insecta - the butterflies, moths and skippers
lice Tweet Definition of lice Like Definition of lice on Facebook
noun
  1. (irregular plural of, louse)
lightning bug Tweet Definition of lightning bug Like Definition of lightning bug on Facebook
noun (plurallightning bugs)
  1. Another name for the firefly.
locust Tweet Definition of locust Like Definition of locust on Facebook
noun
  1. A type of grasshopper in the family Acrididae that flies in swarms and is very destructive to crops and other vegetation.
longhorn Tweet Definition of longhorn Like Definition of longhorn on Facebook
noun
  1. a breed of beef cattle, having long horns, bred in Texas and other parts of southwest United States
looper Tweet Definition of looper Like Definition of looper on Facebook
noun
  1. An instrument or tool, as a bodkin, for forming a loop in yarn or cord, etc.
  2. An inchworm or measuring worm
louse Tweet Definition of louse Like Definition of louse on Facebook
noun (lice)
  1. A small parasitic wingless insect of the order Phthiraptera.
verb (lous, es)
  1. To remove lice from the body of a person or animal; to delouse

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