- a pewter containing about 80 percent tin and 20 percent lead.
Origin of ley3
aphetic variant of obsolete aley alloy
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Examples from the Web for leys
The Leys for generations have been as proud as turkey-cocks, added Mrs. Branderton.
If they had to part, it could not be under Miss Leys cold eyes.
Youre sure to make a mess of things and come back—the Leys always do.
And it sounds funny that people called Craddock should live at Court Leys.
Through Leys the history of art was not enriched with anything new.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)
- 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
C14: variant of lea 1
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Word Origin and History for leys
"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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