- a loose flap or fold of a garment or head covering
- any fleshy or membranous part hanging loosely or in a fold, as the dewlap of a cow, the lobe of the ear, etc.
Origin of lappetdiminutive of lap
- A decorative flap or loose fold on a garment or headdress.
- A flaplike structure, such as the wattle of a bird or the lobe of the ear.
- A small decorative fold or flap, especially of lace or muslin, in a garment or headdress.
- (zoology) A wattle or flap-like structure on the face.
- Some vultures have lappets of bare flesh on the sides of the head.
- Tompot blennies are distinguished by a pair of lappets above the eyes and dark stripes along the body.
(third-person singular simple present lappets, present participle lappeting, simple past and past participle lappeted)
- To decorate with, or as if with, lappets.