from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • from laugh, v. i.
  • (Zoöl.) a South American hawk (Herpetotheres cachinnans); -- so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh.
  • (Chem.) hyponitrous oxide, or protoxide of nitrogen; -- so called from the exhilaration and laughing which it sometimes produces when inhaled. It is much used as an anæsthetic agent.
  • (Zoöl.) the European white-fronted goose.
  • (Zoöl.) An American gull (Larus atricilla). In summer the head is nearly black, the back slate color, and the five outer primaries black.
  • (Zoöl.) the spotted hyena. See Hyena.
  • (Zoöl.) the great brown kingfisher (Dacelo gigas), of Australia; -- called also giant kingfisher, and gogobera.
  • (Zoöl.) a peculiar owl (Sceloglaux albifacies) of New Zealand, said to be on the verge of extinction. The name alludes to its notes.

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  • noun The action of the verb to laugh.
  • verb Present participle of laugh.

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  • adjective showing or feeling mirth or pleasure or happiness


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laugh + -ing


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