ley

1
[ ley, lee ]
/ leɪ, li /

noun, adjective


Nearby words

  1. lexigraphy,
  2. lexington,
  3. lexington and concord, battle of,
  4. lexington park,
  5. lexis,
  6. ley farming,
  7. leyden,
  8. leyden jar,
  9. leyden, lucas van,
  10. leydig

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British Dictionary definitions for leyer

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 leyer

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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