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noun (1)

plural -s
chiefly Scottish
: a gleam of light : radiance


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intransitive verb

chiefly Scottish
: to shine forth : gleam


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noun (2)

plural -s
dialectal, England
: a drain in a fen


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transitive verb

dialectal, British
: to take (nuts) from the husks

Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English leme, from Old English lēoma; akin to Old Saxon liomo gleam, radiance, Old Norse ljōmi radiance, Old English lēoht light

Intransitive verb

Middle English lemen, from leme, noun

Noun (2)

origin unknown

Transitive verb

origin unknown

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“Leam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leam. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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