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[lahy-uh] /ˈlaɪ ə/
noun, Douay Bible.
Leah (def 1). Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Eocene, miocene, pliocene Tuff, lias and Trias and that is enough.

  • When the congregation had passed out, Dokesbury shook 'lias.

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

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  • Money is a great dignifier, and Jim and 'lias were making money.

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  • "Smell 'em, 'lias," he said, yielding precedence to the oldest member.

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    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Those from the lias are mostly small, about eight to ten feet in length.

    Extinct Monsters H. N. Hutchinson
  • This fossil was first discovered in the lias strata of the Dorsetshire coast.

    Extinct Monsters H. N. Hutchinson
  • They came from the lias cliffs, undermined by the encroaching sea.

    Extinct Monsters H. N. Hutchinson
  • Jack is as good a bit of English Metal as you could pick up from the lias to the granite.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • The economic products of the lias are of considerable importance.

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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