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lammergeier Tweet Definition of lammergeier Like Definition of lammergeier on Facebook
noun (plurallammergeiers)
  1. A large scavenging bird of the vulture family, that breeds on crags in high mountains in southern Europe, Africa, India and Tibet.
lappet Tweet Definition of lappet Like Definition of lappet on Facebook
noun
  1. A small decorative fold or flap, especially of lace or muslin, in a garment or headdress.
lapwing Tweet Definition of lapwing Like Definition of lapwing on Facebook
noun
  1. A bird in the plover family (w:Northern Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus) aka northern lapwing or peewit.
  2. Any of various medium-sized wading bird, birds belonging to the subfamily w:Vanellinae, Vanellinae of the family w:Charadriidae, Charadriidae.
  3. A silly man.
lark Tweet Definition of lark Like Definition of lark on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various small, singing passerine birds of the family Alaudidae.
  2. various resembling birds, usually groundliving, such as the meadowlark and titlark
  3. One who wakes early; one who is up with the larks.
verb
  1. sport, engage in harmless pranking
  2. frolic, engage in carefree adventure
laughing gull Tweet Definition of laughing gull Like Definition of laughing gull on Facebook
noun (plurallaughing gulls)
  1. A common European gull (Xema ridibundus).
  2. An American gull (Larus atricilla); in summer the head is nearly black, the back slate color, and the five outer primary, primaries black.
limicoline Tweet Definition of limicoline Like Definition of limicoline on Facebook
adjective
  1. shore-dwelling, usually said of certain wading birds, such as snipes and plovers.
linnet Tweet Definition of linnet Like Definition of linnet on Facebook
noun (plurallinnets)
  1. A small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae that derives its scientific name from its fondness for hemp, and its English name from its liking for seeds of flax, from which linen is made.
little owl Tweet Definition of little owl Like Definition of little owl on Facebook
noun
  1. A small species of European owl, Athene noctua.
long-eared owl Tweet Definition of long-eared owl Like Definition of long-eared owl on Facebook
nounlong eared owl
  1. (Asio otus), a species of owl which breeds in Europe, Asia, and North America. Long eared owls are partially migratory, moving south in winter from the northern parts of their range.
loom Tweet Definition of loom Like Definition of loom on Facebook
noun
  1. A loon, the bird.
  2. A frame or machine of wood or other material, in which a weaver forms cloth out of thread; a machine for interweaving yarn or threads into a fabric, as in knitting or lace making.
  3. That part of an oar which is near the grip or handle and inboard from the rowlock.
verb
  1. To impend; to threaten or hang over.
''The clouds loomed over the mountains.
loon Tweet Definition of loon Like Definition of loon on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various birds, of the order Gaviiformes, of North America and Europe that dive for fish and have a short tail, webbed feet, and a yodeling cry.
  2. (slang) A crazy or deranged person. (From lunatic. Also see loony.)
lorikeet Tweet Definition of lorikeet Like Definition of lorikeet on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various small, brightly coloured, parrots native to Australasia. They are usually classified in the subfamily Loriinae.
lory Tweet Definition of lory Like Definition of lory on Facebook
noun (lories)
  1. Any of various small, brightly coloured, parrots native to Australasia. They are usually classified in the subfamily Loriinae.
lovebird Tweet Definition of lovebird Like Definition of lovebird on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several small parrots, from the genus Agapornis, sometimes kept as cage birds, noted for their affection to each other.
  2. (in plural) an openly affectionate couple
lyrebird Tweet Definition of lyrebird Like Definition of lyrebird on Facebook
noun (plurallyrebirds)
  1. Either of two large ground-dwelling Australian songbirds, of the genus Menura, so named because of the beautiful tail feathers of one species, the Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) which can be erected to look like a lyre;they are most notable for their extraordinary ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment.

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