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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 greatest oyster farms in the world are upon Chesapeake Bay.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • We are crossing the Chesapeake now, and things may start to happen at any moment.

    The Great Drought Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • This defeat closed the British operations on the Chesapeake.

  • He reached Chesapeake Bay, but did not enter it, as the weather was stormy.

    Discoverers and Explorers Edward R. Shaw
  • The people took the Chesapeake for the President, and shouting multitudes lined the shores and docks.

    Twelve Naval Captains Molly Elliot Seawell
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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