Lees meaning

lēz
Sediment settling during fermentation, especially in wine; dregs.
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Dregs or sediment, as of fermenting wine.
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(plural only) The sediment that settles during fermentation of beverages, consisting of dead yeast and precipitated parts of the fruit.
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(sailing) Plural form of lee.
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Origin of lees

  • Middle English lies pl. of lie from Old French from Medieval Latin lia probably of Celtic origin legh- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old French lies, from Medieval Latin liae (plural of lias), from Gaulish *liga (“silt, sediment"), akin to Welsh llai, Old Breton leh (“deposit, silt") (modern lec'hi (“lees").
    From Wiktionary