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Leanʹder (3 syl.)

A young man of Abyʹdos, who swam nightly across the Hellespont to visit his lady-love, Hero, a priestess of Sestos. One night he was drowned in his attempt, and Hero leaped into the Hellespont also. This story is told in one of the poems of Musæus, entitled Hero and Leander. (See Marlowe’s poem.) (See Hero.)

Lord Byron and Lieutenant Ekenhead repeated the experiment of Leander and accomplished it in 1 hour 10 minutes. The distance, allowing for drifting, would be about four miles. A young man of St. Croix, in 1817, swam over the Sound from Cronenburgh, in 2 hours 40 minutes, the distance being six miles.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Leader (A)
Leading Case (A)
Leading Note
Leading Question
Leading Strings
Leaf
Leaf. (Anglo-Saxon leāf.)
League
Leak Out (To)
Leal
Leander
Leaning Tower
Leap Year
Leap in the Dark (A)
Lear (King)
Learn
Learn by Heart (To)
Learned
Least Said the soonest Mended (The) or The Less Said
Leather
Leather or Prunella

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Leander