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[lee-nuh; Russian lye-nuh] /ˈli nə; Russian ˈlyɛ nə/
a river in the Russian Federation in Asia, flowing NE from Lake Baikal through the Yakutsk Republic into the Laptev Sea. 2800 miles (4500 km) long.
a female given name, form of Helena. Unabridged
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  • His presence was unexpected, but it was as welcome as the flowers in May to Lena, who dearly loved her brother.

    The Slave of the Mine Bracebridge Hemyng
  • After she knocked, the door was opened from within by Lena Kimball.

  • As he hoped, this made Lena laugh, and she pulled out her over-scented handkerchief to wipe her eyes.

    Jewel Weed Alice Ames Winter
  • I thought you were going to be married, Lena,' she said teasingly.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Till that moment, perhaps, Lena had never known what shame meant.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
British Dictionary definitions for Lena


/ˈliːnə; Russian ˈljɛnə/
a river in Russia, rising in S Siberia and flowing generally north through the Sakha Republic to the Laptev Sea by an extensive delta: the longest river in Russia. Length: 4271 km (2653 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Lena

fem. proper name, originally a shortened form of Helena or Magdalena.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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