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A.Word.A.Day--lea

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This week's theme: short words.

lea (lee, lay) noun

A grassland.

[From Old English leah (meadow). Ultimately from the Indo-European root leuk- (light) that has resulted in other words such as lunar, lunatic, light, lightning, lucid, illuminate, illustrate, translucent, lux, and lynx.]

"The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea."
Thomas Gray; Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.

See more usage examples of lea in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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