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[ches-uh-peek] /ˈtʃɛs əˌpik/
(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.
a city in SE Virginia. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The northeastern part of the great dismal swamp is located in Chesapeake.
  • The Chesapeake bay is the largest estuary in the united states.
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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