cay

[ key, kee ]
/ keɪ, ki /

noun

a small low island; key.

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Origin of cay

1700–10; < Spanish cayo; see key2
Can be confusedcay key quay
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British Dictionary definitions for cay

cay

/ (keɪ, kiː) /

noun

a small low island or bank composed of sand and coral fragments, esp in the Caribbean areaAlso called: key

Word Origin for cay

C18: from Spanish cayo, probably from Old French quai quay
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Word Origin and History for cay

cay


n.

"low island," 1707, from Spanish cayo; see key (n.2).

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Science definitions for cay

cay

[ kē, kā ]

A small, low island composed largely of coral or sand. Also called key
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