[ leez ]
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plural noun
  1. the insoluble matter that settles from a liquid, especially from wine; sediment; dreg.

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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/ (liːz) /

pl n
  1. the sediment from an alcoholic drink

Origin of lees

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

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