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ley1

[ley, lee]
noun, adjective
  1. lea1.
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ley2

[ley]
noun
  1. leu.
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ley3

[ley]
noun
  1. a pewter containing about 80 percent tin and 20 percent lead.
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Origin of ley3

aphetic variant of obsolete aley alloy
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British Dictionary definitions for ley

ley

noun
  1. arable land put down to grass; grassland or pastureland
  2. Also called: ley line a line joining two prominent points in the landscape, thought to be the line of a prehistoric track
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Word Origin

C14: variant of lea 1
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Word Origin and History for ley

n.

"line of a prehistoric track; alignment of natural and artificial features," 1922 [Alfred Watkins], apparently a variant of lea. Popular topic in Britain in 1920s and 30s and again in 1960s-70s.

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