(El). A female idol made of stone, and said to be inspired with life; the chief object of adoration by the Arabs before their conversion.
Lat, at Somanat in India, was a single stone fifty fathoms high, placed in the midst of a temple supported by fifty-six pillars of massive gold. This idol was broken in pieces by Mahmood Ibn-Sabuktigeen, who conquered that part of India. The granite Lat, facing a Jain temple at Mudubidery, near Mangalore, in India, is fifty-two feet high.
“The granite lat of Mudubidery, in India, is fifty-two feet high.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894