The somewhat less unpleasant of two poor choices. For example, I’d rather stay home and miss the picnic altogether than run into those nasty people—it’s the lesser of two evils. This expression was already a proverb in ancient Greek and appeared in English by the late 1300s. Chaucer used it in Troilus and Cressida.
noun, Anatomy. 1. an omentum attached to the stomach, part of the duodenum, and part of the liver and supporting the hepatic vessels. lesser omentum n. A peritoneal fold passing from the margins of the portal fissure to the lesser curvature of the stomach and to the upper border of the duodenum. Also called omentulum.
- Lesser palatine foramen
lesser palatine foramen n. Any of the openings on the hard palate of the palatine canals passing through the palatine bone and transmitting the smaller palatine nerves and vessels. Also called anterior palatine foramen.
- Lesser palatine nerve
lesser palatine nerve n. Either of two or any of three branches of the pterygopalatine ganglion that contain sensory fibers of the maxillary and facial nerves and that supply the mucosa and the glands of the soft palate and uvula.
noun 1. the larva of a clearwing moth, Synanthedon pictipes, distributed throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada but most prevalent in the South, that burrows into the injured trunks and branches of stone fruit trees.