Jacert-cpds. a /izard, q.v. at LEG. Iacery; from lace, q.v. at DELICACY, para 2. laches. See LANGUID, para 3. 1aehryma1, ladlrymation, Iadlrymatory, lachry-
mose. See the lst TEAR, paras I, s.f., and 2. lack; lackadaisicaL See LANGUID, paras 14 and
15, resp. lacker. See the 2nd LAC, para 3, s.c. lackey: MF-F /aquais, by aphesis from MF
a/acays: Cataloman alacay, a military man-servant (cf Sp alacayo) , var of Cat alcay: AT a/·kaid, (military) chief. The semantic degradation arose when, the Christians reconquering Spain from the ATahs, the Moorish chiefs were reduced to subordinate positions. (B & W.)
1aconIe, Iacooism, laCODlze. The adj laconic derives, perh via EF-F laconique,
from Laconic, LL LaciJnlcus, Or LakiJnikos, of a Lakiilt-a Laconian or Spartan, hence pithily or tersely brief, in the Laconian manner. Or Lakon (whence Lakonia, L LacOnia) bas derivative Lak/inizein, whence 'to laconize', to imitate the Laconians, esp in speech, whence Lakonismos, EF-F laconisme, E laconlsm.