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ley1

[ley, lee] /leɪ, li/
noun, adjective
1.
lea1 .

ley2

[ley] /leɪ/
noun
1.
leu.

ley3

[ley] /leɪ/
noun
1.
a pewter containing about 80 percent tin and 20 percent lead.
Origin of ley3
aphetic variant of obsolete aley alloy
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  • The leys for generations have been as proud as turkey-cocks, added Mrs. Branderton.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • If they had to part, it could not be under Miss leys cold eyes.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • Youre sure to make a mess of things and come back—the leys always do.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • And it sounds funny that people called Craddock should live at Court leys.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • Through leys the history of art was not enriched with anything new.

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

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • With her party thus broken up and her house empty, she could not bear to remain at Court leys.

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

  • The diabase forms the Bruxie and leys Hills and some minor elevations.

  • Miss leys left her much freedom, and she wandered alone in strange places.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
British Dictionary definitions for leys

ley

/leɪ; liː/
noun
1.
arable land put down to grass; grassland or pastureland
2.
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
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Word Origin and History for leys

ley

n.

"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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