One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorthern English, Scottish
- ‘With my eye to the lens, I had the city in my lap and could hoard to myself an unfair share of steeples and spires and cupolas; crow-stepped gables, garrets and all the Old Town's lums came rushing toward me.’
- ‘But when Christmas Eve came round the village lums were cold and black among the snowclouds and only the wheelhouse throbbed with life, a rosy glow on the foreshore.’
Early 16th century: perhaps from Old French lum ‘light’, from Latin lumen.
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