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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A city of southwest Netherlands northeast of The Hague. Dating from Roman times, Leiden has had an important textile industry since the 1500s. Its university, founded in 1575, was a noted center for the study of theology, science, and medicine in the 1600s and 1700s.

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  • proper noun A city in South Holland on the Old Rhine, seat of a famous Dutch university.

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  • noun a city in the western Netherlands; residence of the Pilgrim Fathers for 11 years before they sailed for America in 1620

Etymologies

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From Latin Lugdunum Batavorum (although the modern site is that of Roman Matilo, confused with modern Katwijk)

Examples

  • Brandon sez, I'm currently studying in Leiden in the Netherlands and upon exploring just outside the south side of town, I discovered this handsome sculpture of an arcade machine carved out of a tree trunk.

    Boing Boing

  • Jon Leiden is spokesperson for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

    AIDS Fight Sees Decline In Global Support

  • Jon Leiden is spokesperson for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

    AIDS Fight Sees Decline In Global Support

  • Jon Leiden is spokesperson for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

    AIDS Fight Sees Decline In Global Support

  • The University Medical Center in Leiden say they will take no more bodies as they have nowhere to put them.

    Scientists: ‘Take Your Bodies Some Place Else’ | Impact Lab

  • Fifty dodo experts met in Leiden on Friday to share their still scarce information on the mysterious animal.

    Dodo has become an icon

  • A replica of a Dodo skeleton at the Naturalis Museum in Leiden, the Netherlands, Friday, Dec, 23, 2005.

    Dodo skeleton at the Naturalis Museum

  • We're kinda planning on going out in Leiden next weekend, with the attendant medical school and skewed male/female ratios therein (think technical courses i.e. the whole of darn Delft, but the opposite way around), so I may well have to see what I can do about my confidence before then.

    March 7th, 2005

  • Luckily I found a suitable laboratory in Leiden, headed by Dr. Peter Gaillard, a pioneer in the techniques of cell culturing.

    Martin Rodbell - Autobiography

  • My work in Leiden in 1947 and 1948 resulted in establishing the nuclear spin relaxation mechanism by conduction electrons in metals and by paramagnetic impurities in ionic crystals, the phenomenon of spin diffusion, and the large shifts induced by internal magnetic fields in paramagnetic crystals.

    Nicolaas Bloembergen - Autobiography

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