Lar Lar (l[aum]r), n.; pl. {Lares}, sometimes {Lars}. [L.] (Rom. Myth.) A tutelary deity; a deceased ancestor regarded as a protector of the family. The domestic Lares were the tutelar deities of a house; household gods. Hence, (Fig.): Hearth or dwelling house. [1913 Webster]

Nor will she her dear Lar forget, Victorious by his benefit. --Lovelace. [1913 Webster]

The Lars and Lemures moan with midnight plaint. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Looking backward in vain toward their Lares and lands. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

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