[ lap-it ]
/ ˈlæp ɪt /


a small lap, flap, or loosely hanging part, especially of a garment or headdress.
a projecting, lobelike structure in certain invertebrate animals.
Ornithology. a wattle or other fleshy process on a bird's head.
  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 of lappet

First recorded in 1565–75; lap1 + -et
Related formslap·pet·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lappet


/ (ˈlæpɪt) /


a small hanging flap or piece of lace, etc, such as one dangling from a headdress
zoology a lobelike hanging structure, such as the wattle on a bird's head

Derived Formslappeted, adjective

Word Origin for lappet

C16: from lap 1 + -et
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