One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A steel device for gripping heavy blocks of stone or concrete for lifting, consisting of three pieces arranged to form a dovetail, the outside pieces being fixed in a dovetail mortise by the insertion of the middle piece.
Late Middle English: probably from Old French lous, plural of lou(p) ‘wolf’, the name of a kind of siege engine.
The northern part of the island of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides.
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