leah

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *lauh, from Proto-Germanic *lauhaz, from Proto-Indo-European *lówkos.

The use of the word meaning "meadow" is a later development of the word, possibly aided by confusion between lēas (plural of the original meaning of lēah) with lǣs (modern lease, leasow).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lēah m or f

  1. woodland
  2. a woodland glade
  3. a clearing (especially one used for farming)
  4. a meadow

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: legh, lege, lei (from the Anglian variant)

References[edit]

  • Mills, David (1976) , “Directory of Place Names”, in The Place Names of Lancashire, London: Batsford Books, →ISBN

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ukrainian лях (ljax), from Old East Slavic *ляхъ (*ljaxŭ), from Proto-Slavic *lęxъ, from Proto-Slavic *lęděninъ (dweller of wasteland)

Noun[edit]

leah m (plural leși)

  1. (dated) Pole, Polack

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