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Leman

Postby cnichol » Wed May 02, 2012 4:04 pm

I found this word in an Oscar Wilde short story called "The Fisherman and His Soul". The sentance is "[T]hy leman is lost, and thou shalt be lost with her." It refers to a mermaid that the fisherman is in love with, but I'm not sure if the word is a term for mermaid or girlfriend or lover or what. Any thoughts?

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Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed May 02, 2012 4:52 pm

American Heritage Dictionary confirms you definition as lover, sweetheart or mistress. Comes from ME leofman, with leof meaning dear. Interesting word.
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