• (British) IPA: /ləˈkjuː.nə/
  • (America) IPA: /ləˈkuː.nə/, /ləˈkjuː.nə/

lacuna (plural lacunae)

  1. A small opening; a small pit or depression
  2. a small blank space; a gap or vacancy; a hiatus.
  3. An absent part, especially in a book or other piece of writing, often referring to an ancient manuscript or similar.
    Long lacunae in this inscription make interpretation difficult.
  4. (microscopy) A space visible between cells, allowing free passage of light.
  5. (translation studies) A language gap, which occurs when there is no direct translation in the target language for a lexical term found in the source language.
Synonyms Translations
  • German: lexikalish
  • Spanish: vacío léxico, laguna léxica

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