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li1

[lee] /li/
noun, Music.
1.
the solmization syllable used for the semitone between the sixth and seventh degrees of a scale.
Origin of li1
alteration of la1

li2

[lee] /li/
noun, plural li.
1.
a Chinese unit of distance, equivalent to about one-third of a mile (0.5 km).
Origin
First recorded in 1580-90, li is from the Chinese word

li3

[lee] /li/
noun
1.
(in Chinese ethical philosophy) the etiquette traditionally prescribed for individuals or groups of people in a given situation.
Origin
First recorded in 1910-15, li is from the Chinese word

Li

[lee] /li/
noun
1.
a member of an aboriginal people of the island of Hainan in Southeastern China.
2.
the Kadai language of the Li.
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li1

/liː/
noun
1.
a Chinese unit of length, approximately equal to 590 yards
Word Origin
from Chinese

li2

abbreviation
1.
Liechtenstein

Li

Chemical symbol
1.
lithium

LI

abbreviation
1.
Long Island
2.
Light Infantry
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lis in Medicine

Li
The symbol for the element lithium.

Li (lē), Cho Hao. Born 1913.

Chinese-born American chemist known for isolating and analyzing a number of hormones secreted by the pituitary gland.

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lis in Science
Li  
The symbol for lithium.
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