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[lahy-uh] /ˈlaɪ ə/
noun, Douay Bible.
Leah (def 1). Unabridged
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  • So at first she took no individual interest in David—he cheered up 'lias—she had no other thought about him.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Eocene, miocene, pliocene Tuff, lias and Trias and that is enough.

  • As the saline springs of the red marls rise up through the lias they undergo certain chemical changes.

    The History of Salt Evan Martlett Boddy
  • It was on one of these rambles that he broached to 'lias a subject which he had been considering for some time.

    Americans All Various
  • The lias of Spain and the Pyrenees contains much dolomitic limestone.

  • They came from the lias cliffs, undermined by the encroaching sea.

    Extinct Monsters H. N. Hutchinson
  • Those from the lias are mostly small, about eight to ten feet in length.

    Extinct Monsters H. N. Hutchinson
  • She hired workmen to dig out the block of lias in which it was buried.

  • There was a great jollification over the fish supper that night, and 'lias and the minister were the heroes of the occasion.

    Americans All Various
  • But now consider what this lias, and the Oolites and clays upon it mean.

    Town Geology Charles Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for lias


the lowest series of rocks of the Jurassic system
Derived Forms
Liassic (laɪˈæsɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C15 (referring to a kind of limestone), C19 (geological sense) from Old French liois, perhaps from lie lees, dregs, so called from its appearance
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