lax

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See also: Lax and LAX

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lax, from Old English leax (salmon), from Proto-West Germanic *lahs (salmon), from Proto-Germanic *lahsaz (salmon), from Proto-Indo-European *laḱs- (salmon, trout). Cognate with Middle Dutch lacks, lachs, lasche (salmon), Middle Low German las (salmon), German Lachs (salmon), Norwegian laks (salmon), Danish laks (salmon), Swedish lax (salmon), Icelandic lax (salmon), Lithuanian lašišà (salmon), Latvian lasis, Russian лосо́сь (losósʹ, salmon), Albanian leshterik (eel-grass). See also lox.

Noun[edit]

lax (plural laxes)

  1. (now chiefly Britain dialectal, Scotland) A salmon.

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Latin laxus (wide, roomy, loose).

Adjective[edit]

lax (comparative laxer, superlative laxest)

  1. Lenient and allowing for deviation; not strict.
    The rules are fairly lax, but you have to know which ones you can bend.
    • 1886, John Addington Symonds, Philip Sidney
      Society at that epoch was lenient, if not lax, in matters of the passions.
  2. Loose; not tight or taut.
    The rope fell lax.
    • 1691, John Ray, The wisdom of God manifested in the works of the creation
      the Flesh of this Sort of Fish being lax and spongy
    • 1979, “Genetical Studies on Dense and Lax Panicles In Rice”, in Japan. J. Breed., volume 29, number 2, page 151:
      Sreedharan and Mirsa (1973) reported that two lax panicle mutants, designated as nude panicle mutation, were obtained from the M2 of two rice cultivars.
  3. Lacking care; neglectful, negligent.
    • 2011 October 1, Phil Dawkes, “Sunderland 2 - 2 West Brom”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Prior to this match, Albion had only scored three league goals all season, but Wes Brown's lax marking allowed Morrison to head in their fourth from a Chris Brunt free-kick and then, a minute later, the initial squandering of possession and Michael Turner's lack of pace let Long run through to slot in another.
  4. (archaic) Having a looseness of the bowels; diarrheal.
  5. (mathematics) Describing an associative monoidal functor.
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lax (uncountable)

  1. (slang) Lacrosse.
    • 2010, Kate Kingsley, Pretty on the Outside (page 79)
      “I'm not playing lax this term,” Mimah said.

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Dacian[edit]

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lax

  1. The edible wild purslane plant.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin laxus.

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lax (comparative laxer, superlative am laxesten)

  1. lax
  2. (morale or ethics) easy, loose

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Further reading[edit]

  • lax” in Duden online

Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse lax, from Proto-Germanic *lahsaz.

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lax m (genitive singular lax, nominative plural laxar)

  1. salmon

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Italic *laks, from the same source as laciō (entice).[1]

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lax f (genitive lacis); third declension

  1. deception, fraud

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Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative lax lacēs
Genitive lacis lacum
Dative lacī lacibus
Accusative lacem lacēs
Ablative lace lacibus
Vocative lax lacēs

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  • Mozarabic:
    Arabic: لْياجّى(ʎači)
    Hebrew: ליאַג֗יִ(ʎači)

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) , “laciō”, in Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 321

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English leax, from Proto-West Germanic *lahs, from Proto-Germanic *lahsaz.

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lax (plural lax or laxes)

  1. salmon

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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *lahsaz.

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lax m (genitive lax, plural laxar)

  1. (zoology) salmon

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  • lax in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press

Swedish[edit]

A salmon pink 1000 SEK banknote from 1894.

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse lax, from Proto-Germanic *lahsaz. The 1000kr meaning comes from the color of the 1000kr bill which was the same color as a salmon.

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lax c

  1. salmon
  2. (slang) a bill with nominal value 1000 kronor or the corresponding amount of money
    Synonyms: lakan, långschal, skäring, papp

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Declension of lax 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative lax laxen laxar laxarna
Genitive lax laxens laxars laxarnas

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