[luh-soo-too, -soh-toh] /ləˈsu tu, -ˈsoʊ toʊ/
a monarchy in S Africa: formerly a British protectorate; gained independence 1966; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 11,716 sq. mi. (30,344 sq. km).
a kingdom in southern Africa, forming an enclave in the Republic of South Africa: annexed to British Cape Colony in 1871; made a protectorate in 1884; gained independence in 1966; a member of the Commonwealth. It is generally mountainous, with temperate grasslands throughout. Languages: Sesotho and English. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: loti and South African rand. Capital: Maseru. Pop: 1 936 181 (2013 est). Area: 30 344 sq km (11 716 sq miles) Former name (1884–1966) Basutoland
[French ley mee-zey-ra-bluh] /French leɪ mi zeɪˈra blə/ noun 1. a novel (1862) by Victor Hugo. (1862) A novel by Victor Hugo. The central character, Jean Valjean, is sentenced to prison for stealing a single loaf of bread. Later, seeking respectability, Valjean is hounded by his archenemy, Inspector Javert. Note: The broad canvas of Hugo’s […]
[les-pi-dee-zuh] /ˌlɛs pɪˈdi zə/ noun 1. any shrub or herb belonging to the genus Lespedeza, of the legume family, having trifoliolate leaves and lavender flowers, grown for forage, soil improvement, etc.
[les-kuh-rel-uh, ley-kuh-] /ˌlɛs kəˈrɛl ə, ˌleɪ kə-/ noun 1. any of various plants of the genus Lesquerella, of the mustard family, having rosettes of simple, hairy leaves, small yellow flowers, and inflated pods, and yielding a seed oil similar to castor oil.
[les] /lɛs/ adverb, a compar. of little with least as superl. 1. to a smaller extent, amount, or degree: less exact. 2. most certainly not (often preceded by much or still): He could barely pay for his own lodging, much less for that of his friend. 3. in any way different; other: He is nothing […]