from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a grassy plain or pasture, especially surrounded by woodland; a glade
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plain sprinkled with trees or underbrush; a glade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plain sprinkled with trees or brush; an open space between woods; a park.
- n. An obsolete form of lawn.
Thus as they talked they saw a knight on the other side of the laund all armed save the head.
And they came to a black laund; and there was a black hawthorn, and thereon hung a black banner, and on the other side there hung a black shield, and by it stood a black spear great and long, and a great black horse covered with silk, and a black stone fast by.
So, on the morn they rode into the forest of adventures to a laund, and thereby they found a cross, and as they stood and hoved there came by them the fairest knight and the seemliest man that ever they saw, making the greatest dole that ever man made.
Mr. Dyce suspects that for "land" we should read "laund," an old form of lawn.
Once, as he strayed deep in the wood, he came upon a wide glade or laund, with two green hillocks in the middle thereof.
There, in a laund or glade in the midmost part of the forest, he found an old and white dame, kneeling before a green cross beside the path, weeping piteously as she prayed and beat her breast.
AND therewith he passed unto the one side of the laund; and on the other side saw Sir Gawaine ten knights that hoved still and made them ready with their shields and spears against that one knight that came by Sir Gawaine.
When Sir Beaumains heard him say thus, he said, Sir knight, thou art full large of my horse and my harness; I let thee wit it cost thee nought, and whether it liketh thee or not, this laund will I pass maugre thine head.
The Laird wis aye spakin 'and spakin' o 'getting yon things' at they ca 'lichthooses upo' wir isles, and he wad say hoo puir seafaring men wis drooned, and ships broken into shallmillins upo 'the baus and skerries a' for want o 'a licht upo' the laund.
"It iss under the Eagle Cliff where ye came to laund, I make no doot?"