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Alcatraz

[al-kuh-traz] /ˈæl kəˌtræz/
noun
1.
a small island in W California, in San Francisco Bay: site of a U.S. penitentiary 1933–63.
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  • "I didn't know things were so pleasant at Alcatraz," Elshawe said.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I know better than you do what Alcatraz is like, and I'm not going back there if I can help it.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • At flood-times it may be traced, a yellowish, turgid streak, as far as Alcatraz.

    California Mary Austin
  • That's all right; but for God's sake, gentlemen, don't send me to Alcatraz—don't put me in jail, leave me free to work.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
  • Howbeit she soon forgot this fancy in lazily watching a boat that, in the teeth of the gale, was beating round Alcatraz Island.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for Alcatraz

Alcatraz

/ˈælkəˌtræz/
noun
1.
an island in W California, in San Francisco Bay: a federal prison until 1963
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Word Origin and History for Alcatraz

see albatross.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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