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Old English[edit]


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 leas (plural of original meaning of leah) with læs


lēah m, f

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


  • Mills, David (1976), “Directory of Place Names”, in The Place Names of Lancashire, London: Batsford Books, ISBN 0-7134-3248-9