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[lok, lokh] /lɒk, lɒx/
noun, Scot.
a lake.
a partially landlocked or protected bay; a narrow arm of the sea.
Origin of loch
1350-1400; Middle English (Scots) louch, locht < Scots Gaelic loch, Old Irish loch lake, cognate with Latin lacus, Old English lagu; see lake1, lough Unabridged
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  • Yes, to those who have never had a sighting, it may seem improbable that any such large creatures lived in the loch.
  • Breakfast is included in rates and is served in the dining room, which offers views across the loch and surrounding mountains.
  • The sewage system consisted of a pipe leading to the loch, something that was no longer legal or particularly neighborly to use.
British Dictionary definitions for loch


/lɒx; lɒk/
a Scot word for lake1
Also called sea loch. a long narrow bay or arm of the sea in Scotland
Word Origin
C14: from Gaelic
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Word Origin and History for loch

late 14c., from Gaelic loch "lake, narrow arm of the sea," cognate with Old Irish loch "body of water, lake," Breton lagen, Anglo-Irish lough, Latin lacus (see lake (n.1)). The Loch Ness monster is first attested 1933.

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