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lea1

[lee, ley] /li, leɪ/
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
900
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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British Dictionary definitions for leaest

lea1

/liː/
noun
1.
(poetic) a meadow or field
2.
land that has been sown with grass seed
Word Origin
Old English lēah; related to German dialect loh thicket

lea2

/liː/
noun
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
Word Origin
C14: of uncertain origin

LEA

abbreviation (in Britain)
1.
Local Education Authority
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Word Origin and History for leaest

lea

n.

Old English leah "open field, meadow, piece of untilled ground," earlier læch, recorded in place names, from Proto-Germanic *laukhaz (cf. Old High German loh "cluster of bushes," and probably also Flemish -loo, which forms the second element in Waterloo), from PIE *louquo- (cf. Sanskrit lokah "open space," Latin lucus "grove," Lithuanian laukas "open field"), perhaps from or related to *leuk- "to shine, be bright" (see light (n.)).

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