Lire Definition

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(UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Flesh, brawn, or muscle; the fleshy part of a person or animal in contradistinction to the bone and skin.

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(UK dialectal, Scotland) The fleshy part of a roast capon, etc. as distinguished from a limb or joint.

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(UK dialectal, Scotland) The cheek.

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(UK dialectal, Scotland) Face; appearance of the face or skin; complexion; hue.

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(UK dialectal, Scotland, Orkney, Shetland, ornithology) The Manx shearwater (bird).
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Origin of Lire

  • 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”).

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  • From Middle English lire, lyre, from Old Norse hlýr (“cheeks”, plural). Compare Middle English lere, from Old English hlēor (“cheek, countenance, complexion”). More at leer.

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  • From Old Norse líri. Cognate with Norwegian lira.

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  • From Italian lire.

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