- the winged son of Boreas the north wind. As Argonauts he and his brother Zetes chased away the Harpies.
[kal-ey, ka-ley, kal-is; French ka-le]
- a seaport in N France, on the Strait of Dover: the French port nearest England.
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Examples from the Web for calais
The forces in Calais would have moved to Normandy and could well have thrown the Allies back into the sea.
The false intelligence led the Germans to believe that the main force would land on the Pas de Calais rather than in Normandy.
As a result Hitler insisted that two key armored divisions were held back in the Calais area.
I am told that at Calais they made dints in the wall that a man might put his head into.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Times have changed, and now I enter Calais self-reliant and rational.
It is at about this period that my detestation of Calais knows no bounds.
On landing at Calais, Mrs. Robinson hesitated whether to proceed.Beaux and Belles of England
The day after our arrival the regiment was put on the march for Calais.The Autobiography of Sergeant William Lawrence
- a port in N France, on the Strait of Dover: the nearest French port to England; belonged to England 1347–1558. Pop: 77 333 (1999)
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Word Origin and History for calais
city on the French coast of the English Channel, from Gaulish Caleti, the name of a Celtic people who once lived along the shore there.
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