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lab

[lab] /læb/
noun
Origin
by shortening

Lab

[lab] /læb/
noun
1.
Informal. Labrador retriever.
Origin
by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for labs

lab

/læb/
noun (informal)
1.
short for laboratory
2.
short for Labrador retriever
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Word Origin and History for labs

lab

n.

shortened form of laboratory, 1895.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for labs

lab

modifier

: a lab report

noun
  1. A laboratory (1895+)
  2. (also Lab) A Labrador retriever (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for labs

lab

laboratory

Lab

Labrador retriever
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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