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cay

[key, kee] /keɪ, ki/
noun
1.
a small low island; key.
Origin of cay
1700-1710
1700-10; < Spanish cayo; see key2
Can be confused
cay, key, quay.
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British Dictionary definitions for cay

cay

/keɪ; kiː/
noun
1.
a small low island or bank composed of sand and coral fragments, esp in the Caribbean area Also called key
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish cayo, probably from Old French quaiquay
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Word Origin and History for cay
n.

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

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cay in Science
cay
  (kē, kā)   
A small, low island composed largely of coral or sand. Also called key.
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