from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to lakes.
  • adjective Living or growing in or along the edges of lakes.
  • adjective Relating to a system of inland deep-water and wetland habitats associated with lakes and reservoirs and characterized by the absence of trees, shrubs, or emergent vegetation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to a lake or to lakes.
  • Living on or in lakes, as various animals.
  • In botany, growing in lakes or ponds. Also lacustral and lacustrian.

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  • adjective Of or relating to lakes.

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

  • adjective of or relating to or living near lakes


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

[French or Italian lacustre (from Latin lacus, lake) + –ine.]

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From Latin lacus ("lake").



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  • "And so it was that, at the foot of the path which led down to the artificial lake, there might be seen, in its two tiers woven of forget-me-nots and periwinkle flowers, a natural, delicate, blue garland encircling the water's luminous and shadowy brow, while the iris, flourishing its sword-blades in regal profusion, stretched out over agrimony and water-growing crowfoot the tattered fleurs-de-lis, violet and yellow, of its lacustrine sceptre."

    -- Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, p 149 of the Vintage International paperback edition

    December 31, 2007

  • Funny, I've pretty much only seen this wonderful word in translations.

    December 31, 2007

  • "As the majestic initial chordal progression of Debussy's Submerged Cathedral filled the concert hall, evoking the faint sacerdotal chant of some ancient lacustrine brotherhood, Leopold looked at his wife's hugely tumescent belly, winced at the wave of pain that washed over his body in sympathetic contraction, and prayed that their health insurance was adequate to cover his-'n-her epidurals in cases of severe couvade."

    Explanation: the above sentence was constructed in response to a challenge to use five specified words in a sentence, specifically the words couvade, lacustrine, sacerdotal, tumescent, chordal.

    December 31, 2007