Lesseps Lessing

Lesser

Meanings and phrases

lesser

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
adj.
  1. of less size or importance
  2. smaller in size or amount or value

Lesser Antilles

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n.
  1. a group of islands in the southeastern West Indies; Caribees

Lesser Sunda Islands

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n.
  1. a chain of islands forming a province of Indonesia to the east of Java; includes Bali and Timor; Nusa Tenggara

lesser anteater

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n.
  1. small toothless anteater with prehensile tail and four-clawed forelimbs; of tropical South America and Central America; tamandua; tamandu; Tamandua tetradactyla

lesser ape

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n.
  1. gibbons and siamangs

lesser bullrush

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n.
  1. reed maces of America, Europe, North Africa, Asia; narrow-leaf cattail; narrow-leaved reedmace; soft flag; Typha angustifolia

lesser burdock

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n.
  1. a plant that is ubiquitous in all but very acid soil; found in most of Europe and North Africa; common burdock; Arctium minus

lesser butterfly orchid

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n.
  1. south European orchid having fragrant greenish-white flowers; sometimes placed in genus Habenaria; Platanthera bifolia; Habenaria bifolia

lesser calamint

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n.
  1. low-growing strongly aromatic perennial herb of southern Europe to Great Britain; naturalized in United States; field balm; Calamintha nepeta; Calamintha nepeta glantulosa; Satureja nepeta; Satureja calamintha glandulosa

lesser celandine

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n.
  1. perennial herb native to Europe but naturalized elsewhere having heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers resembling buttercups; its tuberous roots have been used as a poultice to relieve piles; pilewort; Ranunculus ficaria

lesser centaury

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n.
  1. common European glabrous annual centaury with flowers in dense cymes; Centaurium minus

lesser duckweed

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n.
  1. of temperate regions except eastern Asia and Australia; common duckweed; Lemna minor

lesser galangal

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n.
  1. Chinese perennial with pyramidal racemes of white flowers and pungent aromatic roots used medicinally and as flavoring; Alpinia officinarum; Alpinia officinalis

lesser hemlock

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n.
  1. European weed naturalized in America that resembles parsley but causes nausea and poisoning when eaten; fool's parsley; Aethusa cynapium

lesser knapweed

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n.
  1. a weedy perennial with tough wiry stems and purple flowers; native to Europe but widely naturalized; black knapweed; hardheads; Centaurea nigra

lesser kudu

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n.
  1. a smaller variety of kudu; Tragelaphus imberbis

lesser omentum

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n.
  1. a part of the peritoneum attached to the stomach and liver and supporting the hepatic vessels

lesser panda

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n.
  1. reddish-brown Old World raccoon-like carnivore; in some classifications considered unrelated to the giant pandas; red panda; panda; bear cat; cat bear; Ailurus fulgens
n.
  1. an isolated part of the peritoneal cavity that is dorsal to the stomach; bursa omentalis; omental bursa

lesser prairie chicken

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n.
  1. a smaller prairie chicken of western Texas; Tympanuchus pallidicinctus

lesser rhomboid muscle

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. rhomboid muscle that draws the scapula toward the vertebral column and slightly upward; rhomboid minor muscle; musculus rhomboideus minor

lesser rorqual

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n.
  1. small finback of coastal waters of Atlantic and Pacific; piked whale; minke whale; Balaenoptera acutorostrata

lesser scaup

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. common scaup of North America; males have purplish heads; lesser scaup duck; lake duck; Aythya affinis

lesser scaup duck

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. common scaup of North America; males have purplish heads; lesser scaup; lake duck; Aythya affinis

lesser spearwort

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n.
  1. semiaquatic Eurasian perennial crowfoot with leaves shaped like spears; naturalized in New Zealand; Ranunculus flammula

lesser twayblade

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. orchid having two triangular leaves and a short lax raceme of green to rust-colored flowers with the lip flushed mauve; Europe and Asia and North America and Greenland; Listera cordata

lesser whitethroat

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n.
  1. Old World warbler similar to the greater whitethroat but smaller; whitethroat; Sylvia curruca

lesser wintergreen

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. the common wintergreen having many-flowered racemes of pink-tinged white flowers; Europe and North America; Pyrola minor

lesser yellow trefoil

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n.
  1. clover native to Ireland with yellowish flowers; often considered the true or original shamrock; hop clover; shamrock; Trifolium dubium

lesser yellowlegs

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n.
  1. a variety of yellowlegs; Tringa flavipes

to a lesser extent

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adv.
  1. used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs; less

lesser extent

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E.g.
  • or to a lesser extent, "Are you doing anything tomorrow?"
  • Agent Orange was to a lesser extent used outside Vietnam.
  • These spots are also visited by females, but to a lesser extent.

lesser degree

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E.g.
  • Several cultivars are scented to a greater or lesser degree.
  • But even biological intelligence is affected to a lesser degree.
  • Like Nabataean, Palmyrene was influenced by Arabic, but to a much lesser degree.

lesser known

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E.g.
  • It remains one of the lesser known chronicles today.
  • The lesser known Belmont House is situated about to the east.
  • Two lesser known forms are the "tatibin" and the "tampan maju".

greater or lesser

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E.g.
  • Several cultivars are scented to a greater or lesser degree.
  • The term "alexandrine" may be used with greater or lesser rigor.
  • Different sign language speech communities use fingerspelling to a greater or lesser degree.

much lesser

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
E.g.
  • This was a much lesser penalty than would accrue to full homicide.
  • The present participle is used to a much lesser extent than in English.
  • Like Nabataean, Palmyrene was influenced by Arabic, but to a much lesser degree.

lesser charge

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E.g.
  • He stated that he would demand a reduction to a lesser charge, since "the act was an insult, not an aggression".
  • Easterbrook was instead convicted of the lesser charge of grievous bodily harm and intent to resist his lawful apprehension.
  • Three other defendants, all PRA soldiers, were convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter and sentenced to 30 or more years.
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