lair n : the habitation of wild animals [syn: den]
EtymologyOld English leġer ‘couch, bed’.
of an animal
of a criminal
A lair is a place that animals use to hide themselves, while at sleep, hibernation or when they take part in reproduction. Some lair-using animals build their lairs, others use hollows which occur naturally, like caves.
In Scots, lair is also used for a burial-plot in a graveyard.
In mythology, heroes have often hunted dragons and similar mythic beasts to their lairs. Consequently, fantasy role-playing games often feature monster lairs as a common place for participants to find a treasure trove.
A lair is also referred to as a hideout for a criminal or a superhero/supervillain.
lair in German: Tierbau
lair in Spanish: Madriguera
lair in Norwegian: Hi
lair in Polish: Barłóg
lair in Russian: Берлога
lair in Serbian: Јазбина
lair in Ukrainian: Барліг
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