cay

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

Origin:
1700–10; < Spanish cayo; see key2

cay, key, quay.
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cay (keɪ, kiː)
 
n
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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cay
"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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The corals could then overgrow the hills, to form the present cays and reefs.
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