lea

1) A regional word for scythe, noted as early as 1483 (OED) and said to differ from the southern scythe (EDD).

1559 j turfspade iiijd, ij old leys viij [sic], Westerdale

1559 iij axes, ij lees, Hipswell

1573 vij lease, iijs, Scawthwaite, Cumbria

1619 2 leayes or sythes vs, Brandsby. Attributive uses: 1611 j spadeshafte ... j lea craddle

1617 leashaftes, pichforke shaftes, rake shaftes, Brandsby.

dates 1559 1573 1611 1617 1619

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2) A measure of yarn, of varying quantity.

1399-1400 Et in xl lee luminon emp. pro praed. torchez 2s 6d , Ripon

1469 et x les de coverlet yarn , Ripon

1521 v leye of garne that I borrowed of the wyff of Wylliam Rastryk , Harrogate

1544 a pare of newe harden shettes and xx leas of yerne , South Kirkby

1602 Item 18 ley of hemp yearne 1s 1d , Knaresborough

1640 Item, one lea of yarne 16d , Bingley

1731 49 lea of yarn 10s , Spofforth.

dates 1399-1400 1469 1521 1544 1602 1640 1731

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