[OE] Etymologically a lair is a place where you ‘lie’ down. For it comes ultimately from the same Germanic base, *leg-, as produced English lie. In Old English it had a range of meanings, from ‘bed’ to ‘grave’, which are now defunct, and the modern sense ‘place where an animal lives’ did not emerge until the 15th century. Related Germanic forms show different patterns of semantic development: Dutch leger, for instance, means ‘bed’ and ‘camp’ (it has given English beleaguer [16] and, via Afrikaans, laager [19]) and German lager (source of English lager) means ‘bed’, ‘camp’, and ‘storeroom’. Layer in the sense ‘stratum’ [17] (which to begin with was a culinary term) may have originated as a variant of lair. => BELEAGUER, LAAGER, LAGER, LAY, LAYER, LIE
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   A lair is a place where an animal lies. The related words derive from an Indo-European source that also gave Latin lectus, 'bed,' and (through German) English lager.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

(of a beast),

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