Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Leathery (adjective) 
resembling or having the appearance of animal skins dressed for use such as for wallets, 
clothes, shoes, etc.
The wings of pterosaurs, which were somewhat similar to the wings of bats, were made
of thin, leathery skin stretched across slender bones.

Legendary (adjective) 
famous, remarkable  
Professor Jones’s History exams are legendary for failing students.

Legislature (noun) 
governmental body in a country which passes laws 
The Vermont Supreme Court ordered its state legislature to come up with a system
providing same-sex couples with traditional marriage benefits and protections.

Legume (noun) 
the fruit or seed of leguminous plants (as peas or beans) used for food
Vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, unrefined cereals, olive oil, cheese and yogurt are
eaten most days, as is fish.  

Lexicographer (noun) 
one who compiles dictionaries
Here’s a definition for the lexicographers — A region consisting of one or more historic
central cities surrounded by cities and towns which have a shared identification, function
as a single zone for trade, commerce and communication, and are characterized by
social, economic and environmental interdependence.

Liaison (noun) 
a sexual relationship prohibited by law
He had one daughter, Isabel, from his liaison with Ana de Villafranca.  
Libration (noun) 
an oscillation– a single swing as of an oscillating body–from one extreme limit to the other 
In the apparent aspect of a secondary body as a planet or a satellite as seen from the 
primary object around which it revolves libration in longitude enables observers on 
Earth to see one edge or the other of the far side of the moon. 

Lightning (noun) 
flash of bright light produced by an electrical discharge between clouds or between clouds 
and the ground
Currently the policy in parks such as Yellowstone is to allow natural fires started by
lightning to continue.

Likelihood (noun) 
very probable; strong or distinct possibility
Tucker and Crook used the Pennsylvania State University/NCAR mesoscale model to
simulate convection (showers and thunderstorms) and to test how different modes of mountain convection affect the likelihood of mesoscale convective systems formation

Limbo (adjective) 
a place or state of neglect or oblivion; an intermediate or transitional place or state;  a state 
of uncertainty 
Finding a community of people who understand what you're going through is an
essential component of getting through what Case calls limbo land. 

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