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Chesapeake

[ches-uh-peek] /ˈtʃɛs əˌpik/
noun
1.
(italics) a U.S. frigate boarded in 1807 by the British, who removed part of its crew and impressed some members into British service: captured by the British in naval battle near Boston in 1813.
2.
a city in SE Virginia.
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  • We are crossing the Chesapeake now, and things may start to happen at any moment.

    The Great Drought Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • In the opinion of the American public, the President had avenged the Chesapeake.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • He was, however, to make proper reparation for the Chesapeake affair.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • He reached Chesapeake Bay, but did not enter it, as the weather was stormy.

    Discoverers and Explorers Edward R. Shaw
  • It includes the peninsula formed by the Chesapeake bay and James river.

Word Origin and History for Chesapeake

from an Algonquian language, perhaps literally "great shellfish bay." Early spellings include Chesepiooc and Chesupioc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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