from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. lore; learning
  • n. pasture; feed
  • v. To feed; to fatten

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lore; learning.
  • n. Pasture; feed. See lair.
  • transitive v. To feed; to fatten.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of lore.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of lair.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of lair.


See lore (Wiktionary)
See lair (Wiktionary)



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