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lappet

[lap-it] /ˈlæp ɪt/
noun
1.
a small lap, flap, or loosely hanging part, especially of a garment or headdress.
2.
a projecting, lobelike structure in certain invertebrate animals.
3.
Ornithology. a wattle or other fleshy process on a bird's head.
4.
Textiles.
  1. a rack or bar containing needles, situated at the front of the reed, and used in the production of figured patterns.
  2. an ornamented fabric produced by lappet weaving.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; lap1 + -et
Related forms
lappeted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lappet

lappet

/ˈlæpɪt/
noun
1.
a small hanging flap or piece of lace, etc, such as one dangling from a headdress
2.
(zoology) a lobelike hanging structure, such as the wattle on a bird's head
Derived Forms
lappeted, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from lap1 + -et
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Word Origin and History for lappet
n.

"a small flap," 1570s; earlier "lobe of a body part" (early 15c.), from Middle English lappe "lap" (see lap (n.)) + -et, diminutive suffix.

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Encyclopedia Article for lappet

any member of the insect genus Tolype of the Lasiocampidae family of moths (order Lepidoptera). The genus includes the eggars, named for their egg-shaped cocoons, and the tent caterpillars, which spin huge, tent-shaped communal webs in trees. Lappets in the larval stage have lateral lobes, or lappets, on each segment of their body

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