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(ˈiːlɪə) or


(Placename) a department of SW Greece, in the W Peloponnese: in ancient times most of the region formed the state of Elis. Pop: 183 521 (2001). Area: 2681 sq km (1035 sq miles). Modern Greek name: Ilía


(Biography) the pen name of (Charles) Lamb
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1. a young sheep.
2. the meat of a young sheep.
3. a person who is gentle or innocent.
4. a person who is easily outsmarted.
5. the Lamb, Christ.
6. to give birth to a lamb.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English, c. Old Saxon, Old High German, Old Norse, Gothic lamb]



1. Charles ( “Elia” ), 1775–1834, English essayist and critic.
2. Willis E(ugene), Jr., born 1913, U.S. physicist: Nobel prize 1955.
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References in classic literature ?
Symmes!--save me--do save me--do hide me!" said Elia.
Elias, was a harder one, and it was marked down against Mulcachy as one of his rare failures, though all admitted that it was an unavoidable failure.
Elias, could thus be checked by the man who held the lunge- rope.
Elias was at liberty, within the confines of his cage, to get acquainted with the ring in his nose.
Elias, helpless on his side against and partly through the bars, had his nose punched.
Elias was condemned to be a "cage-animal" all his days, Mulcachy was wont to grumble:
Human creatures who had left the terrestrial sphere, and returned after this strange voyage into celestial space, could not fail to be received as the prophet Elias would be if he came back to earth.
And the three years' drought in the time of Elias, was but particular, and left people alive.
"You know, Mary, today Elias Mitrofanych" (this was his overseer) "came back from the Tambov estate and told me they are already offering eighty thousand rubles for the forest."
"You must know that my grandfather had two sons--my uncle Elias and my father Joseph.
"My uncle Elias emigrated to America when he was a young man and became a planter in Florida, where he was reported to have done very well.
"And I can call to mind," remarked Johnston, "that when the great cog `Christopher,' which the French had taken from us, was moored two hundred paces from the shore, two archers, little Robin Withstaff and Elias Baddlesmere, in four shots each cut every strand of her hempen anchor-cord, so that she well-nigh came upon the rocks."