leppy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Spanish lepra (leprosy)

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

leppy (plural leppies)

  1. (slang, US) A young animal, particularly a cow or bull, a lamb, or a colt, which has been abandoned or orphaned.
    • 2006, Paula Morin, Honest Horses: Wild Horses in the Great Basin, p. 105:
      When those big bands take off, the mares never come back for those leppies. We were branding one time and saw a little bunch move out and a mom left a leppy behind.
    • 2003, American Cowboy, Vol. 10, No. 4, p. 90:
      Out on the range, he would have been a stunted leppy.
    • 1978, Sarah E. Olds, Twenty Miles From a Match: Homesteading in Western Nevada, p. 44:
      I have heard a famous rodeo announcer crack the same old joke every year, "A leppy is a little calf whose ma has died, and whose pa has run away with another cow."

Finnish[edit]

Verb[edit]

leppy

  1. Colloquial form of leppyi

Livvi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finnic *leppä, possibly from Baltic. Cognates include Karelian proper leppä.

Noun[edit]

leppy

  1. alder