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

  • n. A decorative flap or loose fold on a garment or headdress.
  • n. A flaplike structure, such as the wattle of a bird or the lobe of the ear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small decorative fold or flap, especially of lace or muslin, in a garment or headdress.
  • v. To decorate with, or as if with, lappets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small decorative fold or flap, esp. of lace or muslin, in a garment or headdress.
  • transitive v. To decorate with, or as with, a lappet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A little lap, flap, or pendant, especially on a coat or a head-dress.
  • In ornithology, a wattle or other fleshy process hanging from a bird's head.
  • One of certain bombycid moths, as Lasiocampa quercifolia: an English book-name. The small lappet is
  • To cover with or as with a lappet.
  • n. An obsolete form of lap.
  • n. In biology, a small lobe-shaped organ, such as the lappets of certain nemertean larvæ, etc.
  • n. Same as tegula.
  • n. In paleontology, an ear-like crest formed in some nautiloid cephalopods, as Lituites and Ophidioceras, by an extension of the lateral margins of the aperture of the shell.

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

  • n. a fleshy wrinkled and often brightly colored fold of skin hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds (chickens and turkeys) or lizards
  • n. medium-sized hairy moths; larvae are lappet caterpillars
  • n. a small lap on a garment or headdress


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  • The mountains support a population of the lappet-faced vulture (Torgos tracheliotus), significant in the Middle East since the species is threatened and declining in the region; it is listed as vulnerable on the 2000 IUCN Red List.

    Al Hajar Al Gharbi montane woodlands

  • The poisoning of predators has disastrous effects for other species, and has caused a large decline in lappet-faced vultures.

    Kalahari Acacia-Baikiaea woodlands

  • The lappet-faced vulture (Torgos tracheliotus), is considered vulnerable by BirdLife International (2000) and is found throughout the ecoregion.

    Kalahari Acacia-Baikiaea woodlands

  • Similar decorations are produced by lappet weaving, a method in which additional warp yarns are used to create small designs that are not the same on both sides of the cloth.


  • Any fabric with dots created by swivel weave or lappet weave or by flocking.


  • Because when she plumped, like a child, into his arms, how came his arms to be so wide open? and when two great tears rolled down her cheeks, how sprang his handkerchief so impromptu out from beneath his braided lappet?


  • Then the master drew his green riding-coat of thin velvet closer round him, and buttoned the lappet in front, because he had heavy weight in the pockets.


  • But the minister was down upon him at once, had him by the lappet of his coat, though he knew how important it was for his dear niece that he should allow Mr Glascock to amuse himself this evening after another fashion.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • He was standing up, gallantly fronting Sir Abraham, and his right arm passed with bold and rapid sweeps before him, as though he were embracing some huge instrument, which allowed him to stand thus erect; and with the fingers of his left hand he stopped, with preternatural velocity, a multitude of strings, which ranged from the top of his collar to the bottom of the lappet of his coat.

    The Warden

  • Victor rubbed the glass on the lappet of his coat and put it back in his pocket.

    A Sportsman's Sketches


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  • "My favourite Renaissance sex object is fully, even heavily dressed. He is not visible at all below the waist, so that the state of his sexual readiness is a mystery to the beholder. He wears a voluminous jacket with lappets of some luxurious fur, like lynx."

    - 'What turns women on', Germaine Greer in Esquire, 1973.

    April 14, 2008

  • "What are the imported half-ripe fruits of the torrid South to this fruit matured by the cold of the frigid North? These are those crabbed apples with which I cheated my companion, and kept a smooth face that I might tempt him to eat. Now we both greedily fill our pockets with them,--bending to drink the cup and save our lappets from the overflowing juice,--and grow more social with their wine. Was there one that hung so high and sheltered by the tangled branches that our sticks could not dislodge it?"

    - 'Wild Apples', Henry David Thoreau.

    December 14, 2007