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, eng., hearth or dwelling house. Nor will she her dear lar forget, Victorious by his benefit. (Lovelace) The Lars and Lemures moan with midnight plaint. (Milton) Looking backward in vain toward their Lares and lands. (Longfellow)
Synonym: white-handed gibbon.