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lard

[lahrd]
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noun
  1. the rendered fat of hogs, especially the internal fat of the abdomen.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to apply lard or grease to.
  2. to prepare or enrich (lean meat, chicken, etc.) with pork or fat, especially with lardons.
  3. to supplement or enrich with something for improvement or ornamentation: a literary work larded with mythological allusions.
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Origin of lard

1300–50; Middle English (v.), late Middle English (noun) < Middle French larder (v.), lard (noun) < Latin lār(i)dum bacon fat; akin to Greek lārīnós fat (adj.)
Related formslard·like, adjectiveo·ver·lard, verb (used with object)un·lard·ed, adjectivewell-lard·ed, adjective
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lard

noun
  1. the rendered fat from a pig, esp from the abdomen, used in cooking
  2. informal excess fat on a person's body
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verb (tr)
  1. to prepare (lean meat, poultry, etc) by inserting small strips of bacon or fat before cooking
  2. to cover or smear (foods) with lard
  3. to add extra material to (speech or writing); embellish
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Derived Formslardlike, adjective

Word Origin

C15: via Old French from Latin lāridum bacon fat
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Word Origin and History for lard

n.

late 14c. (possibly early 13c.), "rendered fat of a swine," from Old French larde "joint, meat," especially "bacon fat" (12c.), and directly from Latin lardum "lard, bacon, cured swine's flesh," probably cognate with Greek larinos "fat," laros "pleasing to the taste."

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v.

"prepare (meat) for roasting by inserting of pieces of salt pork, etc., into it," mid-14c., from Old French larder "to lard" (12c.), from lard "bacon fat" (see lard (n.)). Figuratively, of speech or writing, from 1540s. Related: Larded; larding.

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