"turf, stretch of grass," 1548, laune
"glade, open space between woods," from M.E. launde,
from O.Fr. lande
"heath, moor," from Gaul. (cf. Breton lann
"heath"), or from its Gmc. cognate, source of Eng. land
(q.v.). The -d
perhaps mistaken for an affix and dropped. Sense of "mowed grassy ground" first recorded 1733.