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  • n. A household or ancestral god in ancient Rome
  • n. A species of gibbon (Hylobates lar), found in Burma. Called also the common or white-handed gibbon.


Latin lār ("household"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Sometimes when he remembered the small lost objects, those lares and penates left behind, as not worth removing, the old wheelbarrow, the watering cans, the bookcase he'd made of orange boxes...

    - Malcolm Lowry, October Ferry to Gabriola

    July 30, 2008