leaest

lea

1 [lee, ley]
noun
1.
a tract of open ground, especially grassland; meadow.
2.
land used for a few years for pasture or for growing hay, then plowed over and replaced by another crop.
3.
a crop of hay on tillable land.
adjective
4.
untilled; fallow.
Also, ley.


Origin:
before 900; Middle English lege, lei, Old English lēah; cognate with Old High German lōh, dialectal Dutch loo (as in Waterloo), Latin lūcus

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lea1 (liː)
 
n
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)
 
n
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]

LEA
 
abbreviation for
Local Education Authority

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lea
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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