Origin: prob. < Sp levantar, to start suddenly (as game), lit., to rise, ult. < L levare, to raise: see lever
Origin: Fr levant < It levante (< L levans, rising, raising, prp. of levare, to raise: see lever): applied to the East, from the “rising” of the sun
See levant in American Heritage Dictionary 4
intransitive verb le·vant·ed, le·vant·ing, le·vants
Origin: Possibly from Spanish levantar (el campo), to lift, break (camp)
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *levantāre
Origin: , from Latin levāns, levant-
Origin: , present participle of levāre, to raise; see lever.
Origin: After Levant1.
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