[key, kee]
a small low island; key.

1700–10; < Spanish cayo; see key2

cay, key, quay. Unabridged
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cay (keɪ, kiː)
Also called: key a small low island or bank composed of sand and coral fragments, esp in the Caribbean area
[C18: from Spanish cayo, probably from Old French quaiquay]

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"low island," 1707, see key (2).
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cay   (kē, kā)  Pronunciation Key 
A small, low island composed largely of coral or sand. Also called key.
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