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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The protagonist in Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear, based on a legendary king of Britain.
  • Lear, Edward 1812-1888. British artist and writer of nonsense verse, included in such works as his first Book of Nonsense (1846).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To learn. See lere, to learn.
  • n. Lore; lesson.
  • adj. See leer, a.
  • n. An annealing oven. See leer, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To teach; instruct; inform.
  • To learn.
  • To teach.
  • n. Learning; lore; a lesson.
  • See leer.
  • n. See leer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. British artist and writer of nonsense verse (1812-1888)
  • n. the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who was betrayed and mistreated by two of his scheming daughters

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