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lappet

[lap-it]
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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.
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Origin of lappet

First recorded in 1565–75; lap1 + -et
Related formslap·pet·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for lappet

Historical Examples

  • If the subject is only moderately interesting he pulls a sleeve or a lappet of a coat.

    Gossamer

    George A. Birmingham

  • She went up to him, put her hand on the lappet of his coat and shook her head.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope

  • The skirt is put on and gathered just under the edge of the lappet.

  • That which moved the lappet was something in the pocket that was struggling to get out.

    A Book of Ghosts

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • The President took him familiarly by the lappet of his coat, and drew him to the bay-window.

    Maximina

    Armando Palacio Valds


British Dictionary definitions for lappet

lappet

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
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Derived Formslappeted, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from lap 1 + -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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