from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A contraction of lanterloo.
  • noun Specifically, Ammodytes americanus. See sand-eel, 1.
  • noun An obsolete preterit of lend.
  • To wet or mingle with urine.
  • noun Urine; especially, stale urine.
  • noun In ichthyology, the lance.

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

  • noun obsolete See lanterloo.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of small, slender, marine fishes of the genus Ammedytes. The common European species (Ammedytes tobianus) and the American species (Ammedytes Americanus) live on sandy shores, buried in the sand, and are caught in large quantities for bait. Called also launce, and sand eel.
  • noun Prov. Eng. Urine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Aged urine.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To flavor (ale) with aged urine.
  • noun UK, dialect, Northern England Obsolete form of lanterloo. (the card game)


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Alteration of earlier land ("urine"), from Middle English land ("urine"), from Old English hland ("urine"), from Proto-Germanic *hlandan (“urine”), from Proto-Indo-European *klān- (“liquid, wet ground”). Cognate with Icelandic hland ("urine"), Norwegian land ("urine").



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  • Stale urine used in manufacturing.

    January 7, 2008

  • Manufacturing ... what? Actually, might be better not to know. Hey c_b, is this you-know-what?

    July 22, 2008

  • ... No. No, I don't think so. But it is used repeatedly in a comedy song by Stan Freberg, a spoof of Lawrence Welk, called "Wun'erful, Wun'erful."

    I don't think it has the same meaning.

    Probably for manufacturing chemicals like saltpeter and black powder, I would guess.

    July 22, 2008

  • Some of the sources mention one of its uses as a flavouring for beer. Now THAT's a sustainable industry.

    July 22, 2008

  • saltpetre makers and fullers need your lant

    Then there was the German obsession with angel's piss, a substance thought in Teutonic myth to be the elixir of life. This ultimately led to plans to invade England, which - in a hilarious etymological misunderstanding - was erroneously believed to be the source of the coveted 'Engel-lant'.

    July 22, 2008

  • See waulking.

    March 26, 2009

  • Also see lanterloo.

    September 15, 2011

  • (verb/noun) - To put urine into ale to make it strong.

    --John Ray's Words Not Generally Used, 1691

    January 14, 2018