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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 364 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LEE. (I) (In O. Eng. hleo; cf. the pronunciation Cew-ward of " leeward "; the word appears in several Teutonic languages; cf. Dutch lij, Dan. lac), properly a shelter or protection, chiefly used as a nautical term for that side of a ship, land, &c., which is farthest from the wind, hence a " lee shore," land under the lee of a ship, i.e. one on which the wind blows directly and which is unsheltered. A ship is said to make " leeway " when she drifts laterally away from her course. (2) A word now always used in the plural " lees," meaning dregs, sediment, particularly of wine. It comes through the O. Fr. lie from a Gaulish Lat. lia, and is probably of Celtic origin.
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JOHN LEDYARD (1751–1789)
LEE (or LEGIT) ROWLAND (d. 1543)

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