(image from Chest of Books/animals/manuals of zoology)
Truth be told, I was looking up something for the word, lamelliform (which means having the form of a lamella; platelike or scalelike) and ran in to this. Lamellibranchia is a class of Mollusca (mollusks), including all the true or common bivalve mollusks, as oysters, clams, etc. This classification of mollusca also have two pairs of lamellated gills.
Moving on to...
(image from Wikipedia)
Also from Wikipedia comes the best explanation of the lamboid suture (which is not done by a surgeon, by the way):The lambdoid suture (or lambdoidal suture) is a dense, fibrous connective tissue joint on the posterior aspect of the skull that connects the parietal and temporal bones with the occipital bone.
Its name comes from its lambda-like shape.
And, what does this mean to you, you ask?
Wikipedia continues with:
At birth, the bones of the skull do not meet. If certain bones of the skull grow too fast, then craniosynostosis (premature closure of the sutures) may occur. This can result in skull deformities. If the lambdoid suture closes too soon on one side, the skull will appear twisted and asymmetrical, a condition called "plagiocephaly."
The lambdoidal suture articulates with the occipital bone and parietal bones.
You know, I must confess. I've always loved those wavy lines that has the name of lamboid suture-I just never knew the proper name for it. I've seen them on skulls of other animals (because I'm not sure I can say that I've seen a real human skull-just plastic ones). The lines are almost a pattern in themselves. Now we all know what those lines are called.
Great Scrabble word!
Labefaction: to cause to totter or fall. A weakening or loosening; a falling; decay; downfall; ruin.
In the case of the image used for the example (which are at an outdoor museum on the way up to Taos called the Embudo Museum-which is of all things gas pump memorabilia), the pumps are in a state of labefaction.
(image from Wikipedia)
Lugger. Just say the word out loud and it's not at all what you think it might mean! Yes, folks, I've found yet another obscure word (it's at least obscure in my vocabulary) for a sailing vessel! According to Wikipedia, a lugger is: a class of boats, widely used as traditional fishing boats, particularly off the coasts of France, England and Scotland. It is a small sailing vessel with lugsails (see below) set on two or more masts and perhaps lug topsails.
Gosh, who knew? This boat thing is getting out of hand, I think. But, I'll bet that I haven't even scratched the surface on that one!