homer lea


[lee for 1; lee-uh for 2]
Homer, 1876–1912, U.S. soldier and author: adviser 1911–12 to Sun Yat-sen in China.
a female given name, form of Leah or Lee.
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lea1 (liː)
1.  poetic a meadow or field
2.  land that has been sown with grass seed
[Old English lēah; related to German dialect loh thicket]

lea2 (liː)
1.  a unit for measuring lengths of yarn, usually taken as 80 yards for wool, 120 yards for cotton and silk, and 300 yards for linen
2.  a measure of yarn expressed as the length per unit weight, usually the number of leas per pound
[C14: of uncertain origin]

abbreviation for
Local Education Authority

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Word Origin & History

O.E. leah "open field, meadow," earlier læch, recorded in place names, from P.Gmc. *laukhaz (cf. O.H.G. loh, and probably also Flem. -loo, which forms the second element in Waterloo), from PIE *louquo- (cf. Skt. lokah "open space," L. lucus "grove," Lith. laukas "open field"), perhaps related to
*leuq- "to shine, be bright."
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