Middle English Dictionary Entry

lapen v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Of certain animals: to drink (water, a liquid food) by lapping with the tongue; -- also intr.; (b) of persons: to drink (sth.) like a cat or dog; also, take a drink or sip; (c) fig. to imbibe (water of grace); ~ awei, consume (the fat of the land); (d) in surname.