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levin (plural levins)
- (archaic) Lightning; a bolt of lightning; also, a bright flame or light.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.5:
- neither blood in face nor life in hart / It left, but both did quite drye up and blast; / As piercing levin, which the inner part / Of every thing consumes, and calcineth by art.
1847, Charlotte Brontë, Currer Bell, editor, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, volume 1, published 1848, page ix:
- I cannot tell; but I think if some of those amongst whom he hurls the Greek fire of his sarcasm, and over whom he flashes the levin-brand of his denunciation, were to take his warnings in time — they or their seed might escape a fatal Ramoth-Gilead.