lords and ladiesmedical dictionary

<botany> The European wake-robin (Arum maculatum), those with purplish spadix the lords, and those with pale spadix the ladies.

(01 Mar 1998)

1. The state or condition of being a lord; hence (with his or your), a title applied to a lord (except an archbishop or duke, who is called Grace) or a judge (in Great Britain), etc.

2. Seigniory; domain; the territory over which a lord holds jurisdiction; a manor. "What lands and lordships for their owner know My quondam barber." (Dryden)

3. Dominion; power; authority. "They which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them." (Mark x. 42)

(01 Mar 1998)