Definition of lea in English:

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Pronunciation: /lē/


An open area of grassy or arable land: the lowing herd winds slowly o’er the lea
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  • Some distance away, atop a grassy knoll upon the lea, they had laid her to rest in an unmarked grave, as alone in death as she had been in life.
  • Far from the bucolic paradise of popular myth, with lowing herds winding slowly o'er the lea, modern farms have as much romance as a widget factory.
  • He is also aware of the need to sow grass seed to ensure a choice of area for lea ploughing next year.


Old English lēa(h), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German loh 'grove', from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit lokás 'open space', Latin lucus 'grove', and perhaps also light1.

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Syllabification: lea

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