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A measure of yarn length that is used to determine density. The length of a lea of yarn varies with fiber type:

- wool: a lea is usually 80 yards (73 meters)
- cotton: a lea is usually 120 yards  (110 meters)
- silk: a lea is usually 120 yards  (110 meters)
- linen: a lea is usually 300 yards  (274 meters)

The count or number of a yarn is given as the leas per pound of fiber. Thus a 10 count linen yarn has 3000 yards per pound.

Synonyms and Related Terms

(garen) lengtemaat (Ned);

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997