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  • adj. Alternative form of laboursome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made with, or requiring, great labor, pains, or diligence.
  • adj. Likely or inclined to roll or pitch, as a ship in a heavy sea; having a tendency to labor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made with great labor and diligence.
  • Apt to labor or to pitch and roll, as a ship in a heavy sea.


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