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leger, es; n.
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a lying
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  • Hys spéda hý forspendaþ mid ðan langan legere ðæs deádan mannes inne

    they squander his wealth with the long lying of the dead man in the house,

      Ors. 1, 1; Swt. 21, 9.
a lying sick or
dead, sickness, death
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  • Nis ðǽr hungor ne þurst ne slǽp ne swár leger

    there is neither hunger nor thirst nor sleep nor grievous sickness,

      Exon. 32 a; Th. 101, 21; Cri. 1662: 56 b; Th. 201, 15; Ph. 56.
  • On ðam sixtan dæge his legeres

    on the sixth day of his illness,

      Homl. Th. ii. 186, 28.
  • Mid langre ádle laman legeres swíðe gehefigod

    longo paralysis morbo gravatam,

      Bd. 3, 9; S. 534, 6.
  • Moyses and Aaron ge-endodon heora líf swáðeáh búton legere

    Moses and Aaron ended their lives, yet without sickness,

      Homl. Th. ii. 212, 13.
  • Se preóst sceal smyrigan ða seócan symble on legere

    the priest must always anoint the sick in ill- ness,

      L. Ælfc. C. 32; Th. ii. 354, 14.
  • Tó hæbbenne and tó syllanne for lífe and for legere

    to have and to give during life and at death,

      Chart. Th. 208, 3.
  • Ðá cwæþ se cyng ðæt mihte beón geboden him wið clǽnum legere

    then the king said, the offer might have been made to him, if the death had been by fair means

    [it was by drowning], 31.
a place to lie in, a couch, a lair, a place where the dead lie, a grave
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  • Hálig leger [legerstów (?)]


      Ælfc. Gl. 49; Som. 65, 74; Wrt. Voc. 34, 9.
  • Þolige hé clǽnes legeres and Godes mildse

    let him forfeit a hallowed grave and God's mercy,

      L. N. P. L. 62, 63; Th. ii. 300, 19, 22: Wulfst. 39, 19.
  • Wé lǽraþ ðæt man innan circan ǽnigne man ne birige búton ... hé sí ðæs legeres wyrðe

    we enjoin that no man be buried within a church, unless he be worthy of such a place of burial,

      L. Edg. C. 29; Th. ii. 250, 17.
  • On gehálgodan legere licgan

    to be buried in consecrated ground,

      22; Th. ii. 248, 20.
  • Ge on lífe ge on legere

    both alive and in the grave,

      L. Eth. v. 9; Th. i. 306, 22: vi. 5; Th. i. 316, 14: ix. 28; Th. i. 346, 19.
  • Unsac hé wæs on lífe beó on legere swá swá hé móte, i. 184,

      13; Lchdm. iii. 288, 6.
  • Líchoman, se ðe on legre sceal weorþan wyrme tó hróðor,

      Exon. 71 b; Th. 267, 15; Jul. 415.
  • Be ðære róde ðe ǽr in legere wæs lange bedyrned [

    of the cross that had been buried

    ], Elen. Kmbl. 1200; E1. 602: 1442; El. 723.
  • Líc legere fæst,

      1762; El. 883.
  • Se wæs fíftiges fótgemearces lang on legere

    he was fifty feet long in the place where he lay,

      Beo. Th. 6078; B. 3043.
  • Leger ðis

    lectum istum,

      Rtl. 111, 24.
  • On legir

    in lectum,

      181, 7.
  • Frýnd leger weardiaþ ðonne ic on úhtan ána gonge

    my friends rest in their couches, when ere the dawn I go solitary,

    Exon 115 b;
      Th. 443, 23; Kl. 34.
[O. E. Homl. (to) leire couch: O. Sax. legar: O. Frs. legor: O. H. Ger. legar cubile, lustrum, accubitus, concubitus: Ger. lager: Goth. ligrs; m. a couch.]
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v.  clǽne ÁDL.
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