ley

1
[ ley, lee ]
/ leɪ, li /
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noun, adjective

Definition for ley (2 of 3)

ley

2
[ ley ]
/ leɪ /

noun

Definition for ley (3 of 3)

ley

3
[ ley ]
/ leɪ /

noun

a pewter containing about 80 percent tin and 20 percent lead.

Origin of ley

3
aphetic variant of obsolete aley alloy
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British Dictionary definitions for ley

ley

/ (leɪ, liː) /

noun

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

Word Origin for ley

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

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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