- a pewter containing about 80 percent tin and 20 percent lead.
Origin of ley3
aphetic variant of obsolete aley alloy
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Examples from the Web for ley
Worms may be destroyed by an infusion of walnut-tree leaves, or by pouring into the holes a ley made of wood ashes and lime.
If not boiled enough, on cooling, it will turn to ley and sediment.A Treatise on Domestic Economy</p>
Catherine Esther Beecher
“You said that another man was a witness of this affair,” said the captain, turning to Ley.Will Weatherhelm
Thursley is Thor's ley or field, and has memories of the Danes.Highways and Byways in Surrey</p>
Pasturage is still called a "ley" for cattle in these parts.
- arable land put down to grass; grassland or pastureland
- Also called: ley line a line joining two prominent points in the landscape, thought to be the line of a prehistoric track
C14: variant of lea 1
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Word Origin and History for ley
"line of a prehistoric track; alignment of natural and artificial features," 1922 [Alfred Watkins], apparently a variant of lea. Popular topic in Britain in 1920s and 30s and again in 1960s-70s.
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