Etymology
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lea (n.)

Old English leah "open field, meadow, piece of untilled grassy ground," earlier læch, preserved in place names, from Proto-Germanic *lauhaz (source also of Old High German loh "clearing," and probably also Flemish -loo, which forms the second element in Waterloo), from PIE *louko- "light place" (source also of Sanskrit lokah "open space, free space, world," Latin lucus "grove, sacred grove, wood," Lithuanian laukas "open field, land"), from root *leuk- "to shine, be bright." The dative form is the source of many of the English surnames Lee, Leigh.

updated on April 29, 2017

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Definitions of lea from WordNet

lea (n.)
a unit of length of thread or yarn;
lea (n.)
a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock;
Synonyms: pasture / pastureland / grazing land / ley
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