Middle English Dictionary Entry

lēsen v.(1)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) To gather (ears of grain, clusters of grapes left by the reapers or pickers); glean; ~ up; -- also without obj.; (b) to pick over (rice) for the removal of worthless particles; ~ out, to pick (small fruit) in order to improve the quality of what is left, cull; (c) ~ in armes, to take (sb.) in (one's) arms, embrace.