Un lamed


[lah-mid, -med]
the 12th letter of the hebrew alphabet.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.

1655–65; < Hebrew lāmēdh; cf. lambda

unlamed, adjective
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lamed (ˈlɑːmɪd, Hebrew ˈlamɛd)
Also: lamedh the 12th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ל), transliterated as l
[from Hebrew, literally: ox goad (from its shape)]

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Word Origin & History

"silk interwoven with metallic threads," 1922, from Fr., earlier "thin metal plate" (1586), from M.Fr. lame, from L. lamina, lamna "thin piece or flake of metal."

O.E. lama. from P.Gmc. *lamon (cf. O.N. lami, Du., O.Fris. lam, Ger. lahm "lame"), "weak-limbed," lit. "broken," from PIE base *lem- "to break" (cf. O.C.S. lomiti "to break," Lith. luomas "lame"). Sense of "socially awkward" is attested from 1942. Verb meaning "to make lame" is attested from c.1300.
Related: Lamely; lameness. Lame-brain (n.) is first recorded 1929.
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Medical Dictionary

lame (lām)
adj. lam·er, lam·est

  1. Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible.

  2. Marked by pain or rigidness.

v. lamed, lam·ing, lames
To cause to become lame; cripple.
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