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é·lan  audio  (-lä, -län) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. Enthusiastic vigor and liveliness.
  2. Distinctive style or flair.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, from Old French eslan, rush, from eslancer, to hurl : es-, out (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + lancer, to throw (from Late Latin lancere, to throw a lance, from Latin lancea, lance)


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