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lees

[ leez ]
/ liz /
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plural noun

the insoluble matter that settles from a liquid, especially from wine; sediment; dreg.

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Origin of lees

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English lie, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin lia, probably from unattested Gaulish lig(j)a; compare Old Irish lige “bed,” akin to Old English gelege “bed”; see lie2
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lees
/ (liːz) /

pl n

the sediment from an alcoholic drink

Word Origin for lees

C14: plural of obsolete lee, from Old French, probably from Celtic; compare Irish lige bed
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