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Leaven, subst. sour dough; used as a term of contempt and disgust: “thou vinewedst l.” Troil. II, 1, 15. Denoting what corrupts and depraves that with which it is mixed: “thou, Poshumus, wilt lay the l. on all proper men,” Cymb. III, 4, 64 (cf. O'erleaven).
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