Middle English Dictionary Entry

lei(e n.(1)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) An alkaline solution made by leaching ashes, and used for washing, making soap, bleaching hair; lye; ~ cuppe, a cup for holding lye; (b) med. & surg. a similar solution used for cleansing wounds, removing dead tissue, etc.; (c) fig. a spiritual cleanser; (d) urine.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1500 Sln.122 Artist.Recipes (Sln 122) 84/28 : Take half a pownd of blywe flokkys, and .ij. galonys of fyne leye, and sethe hem togder.
  • a1500 Hnt.HM.64 Artist.Recipes (Hnt HM 64) 280/21 : Take brassell and schaffe hit small, and temper hit withe goode lighe.
  • Note: New spellings.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. lye.