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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 505 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LEVANT (from the French use of the participle of lever, tocoastlands of the eastern Mediterranean Sea from Greece to Egypt, or, in a more restricted and commoner sense, to the Mediterranean coastlands of Asia Minor and Syria. In the 16th and 17th centuries the term " High Levant" was used of the Far East. The phrase " to levant," meaning to abscond, especially of one who runs away leaving debts unpaid, particularly of a betting man or gambler, is taken from the Span. levantar, to lift or break up, in such phrases as levantar la casa, to break up a household, or el campo, to break camp.
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EMANUEL LEUTZE (1816–1868)

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