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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Ley, Leyis, prob. the River Lys (Flem. Leie) of Flanders, a textile-manufacturing district. (Cf. also Lias.) — 1593 Edinb. Test. XXV. 192.
Ane lang string of craip of Ley fassit, … fyve lang stringis of craip of Ley vnfassit at [13/4d] the pece
1620 Ib. L. 272 b.
Nyne elnis of Leyis canves at xxiiij s. the elne

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