- var. of lea (sense )
- an arable field being used temporarily as a pasture for grazing animals
A horse grazes in a lea.
The definition of a ley is an area of open land used as a temporary pasture for animals.
An example of ley is a meadow in the country.
Variant of lea
- Be for come, the fourthe for his leyse, the fyfte for his commen pastures, and the sixte for his haye; and in wynter time there is but one occupied with come, and than hath the husbande other fyue to occupy tyll lente come, and that he hath his falowe felde, his ley felde, and his pasture felde al sommer.
- Ray, who made a tour along the eastern coast in that year, says, " We observed little or no fallow ground in Scotland; some ley ground we saw, which they manured with sea wreck.
- From the widespreading roots string and ropes are manufactured in Lapland and Bothnia: the longer ones which run near the surface are selected, split through, and then boiled for some hours in a ley of wood-ashes and salt, which, dissolving out the resin, loosens the fibres and renders them easily separable, and ready for twisting into cordage.
- The clover-grass ley is then grazed for a year or two with sheep, after which wheat and potatoes are the chief crops grown on the land.
- They are less common in England; but St Margaret's, York, and the church of M i ley in Oxfordshire offer good specimens.