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A region on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea north of the Arabian Peninsula and south of Turkey, usually including the area of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria.
Le′van·tine′ (lĕv′ən-tīn′, -tēn′, lə-văn′-) adj. & n.
A heavy, coarse-grained morocco leather often used in bookbinding. Also called Levant morocco.
[After the Levant1.]
intr.v. le·vant·ed, le·vant·ing, le·vants Chiefly British
To leave hurriedly or in secret to avoid unpaid debts.
[Probably after the Levant, used as an example of a faraway place to which a person might abscond (perhaps with a pun on leave).]
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(Tanning) a type of leather made from the skins of goats, sheep, or seals, having a pattern of irregular creases
[C19: shortened from Levant morocco (type of leather)]
(intr) Brit to bolt or abscond, esp to avoid paying debts
[C18: perhaps from Spanish levantar (el campo) to break (camp)]
(Placename) the Levant a former name for the area of the E Mediterranean now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel
[C15: from Old French, from the present participle of lever to raise (referring to the rising of the sun in the east), from Latin levāre]
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the lands bordering the E shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
[1490–1500; earlier levaunt < Middle French levant, n. use (with reference to rising sun) of present participle of lever to raise (se lever to rise). See lever]
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Past participle: levanted
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|Noun||1.||Levant - a heavy morocco often used in bookbinding|
morocco - a soft pebble-grained leather made from goatskin; used for shoes and book bindings etc.
|2.||Levant - the former name for the geographical area of the eastern Mediterranean that is now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel|
Middle East, Mideast, Near East - the area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century; "the Middle East is the cradle of Western civilization"
Levantine - (formerly) a native or inhabitant of the Levant
|Verb||1.||levant - run off without paying a debt|
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n → Levante f
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