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Laputa

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The flying island inhabited by scientific quacks, and visited by Gulliver in his “travels.” These dreamy philosophers were so absorbed in their speculations that they employed attendants called “flappers,” to flap them on the mouth and ears with a blown bladder when their attention was to be called off from “high things” to vulgar mundane matters. (Swift.)

“Realising in a manner the dreams of Laputa, and endeavouring to extract sunbeams from cucumbers.”—De Quincy.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Lanterns
Lanternise
Laocoon [La-ok-o-on]
Laodamia
Laodicean
Lapet (Mons.)
Lapithæ
Lapping Water
Laprel
Lapsus Linguæ (Latin)
Laputa
Lapwing (The)
Lar Familiaris (plu. Lares familiares)
Lara
Larboard
Larceny
Larder
Larēs
Large
Larigot
Lark

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Laputa