• From Middle English legh, lege, lei, from Old English lēah from Proto-West Germanic *lauh, from Proto-Germanic *lauhaz, from Proto-Indo-European *lówkos.
  • Akin to Old Frisian lāch ("meadow"), Old Saxon lōh ("forest, grove") (Middle Dutch loo ("forest, thicket"); Dutch -lo ("in placenames")), Old High German lōh ("covered clearing, low bushes"), Old Norse lo ("clearing, meadow").
  • From Middle English le, lee, ley, of uncertain origin. Compare Old French lier, Old French laisse, Old French lïace, lïaz.

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