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"gleam of sunlight," 1650s, probably from a Scandinavian dialectal word, cf. Swedish dialectal glena, Danish dialectal glene "clear patch of sky."

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  • General gleen was taken prisoner, and Turenne's troops, descending the hill, took the village in flank.

    Won by the Sword G.A. Henty
  • De Gramont was exchanged for gleen, and he and Turenne took counsel as to the course that had best be pursued.

    Won by the Sword G.A. Henty

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