From Middle English lire, lyre, from Old English līra (“any fleshy part of the body, muscle, calf of the leg”), from Proto-Germanic *ligwizô, *lihwizô (“thigh, groin”), from Proto-Indo-European *lekʷs-, *lewks- (“groin”). Cognate with Dutch lies (“groin”), Swedish lår (“thigh”).
- (UK dialectal, Scotland, Orkney, Shetland, ornithology) The Manx shearwater (bird).
- plural form of lira
From Italian lire.