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[ley, lee] /leɪ, li/
noun, adjective
lea1 .


[ley] /leɪ/


[ley] /leɪ/
a pewter containing about 80 percent tin and 20 percent lead.
Origin of ley3
aphetic variant of obsolete aley alloy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At last the polling-day arrived, and Bertha waited anxiously at Court leys for the result.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • Dick had scarcely said these words when they heard the carriage drive up to the door of Court leys.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • Miss leys left her much freedom, and she wandered alone in strange places.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • The diabase forms the Bruxie and leys Hills and some minor elevations.

  • The elms of Court leys now were dark with leaves; and the heavy, close-fitting verdure gave quite a stately look to the house.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • Like Horseley, Ashley, Oakley and a thousand other leas or leys distinguished from each other by some local characteristic.

  • It is the gold lituus dug up in the year 1824, within the monolithic circle of leys, Inverness-shire.

  • Mr. leys, familiarly spoken of as Jock leys, was long well known in York.

    Toronto of Old Henry Scadding
  • Flourishing, my Belinda, he replied, flinging his arms round Miss leys neck to her great delight and pretended indignation.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • Not far from the town Dr. leys once shot an alligator on its nest, which contained thirty-nine eggs.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
British Dictionary definitions for leys


/leɪ; liː/
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
Word Origin
C14: variant of lea1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for leys



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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