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Leize is a widespread hydronymic root meaning 'pit','ravine'. It appears in modern Basque dictionaries as leze 'cave'.

It may be found at the origin of river or place names as:

Rivers & Valleys[edit]

The Pyrenean hydronym Neste is related.

On the other hand, the Lys or Leie is based on another root, the Gaulish word liga 'silt'.



  • Lexeia, an antic Aquitanian female name