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[ahy-uh t, eyt] /ˈaɪ ət, eɪt/
noun, British Dialect.
ait. Unabridged
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  • The priest had barely time to retreat and conceal himself, as the boat drew down to the eyot.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • My will is, that we two champions be all alone and afoot on the eyot.

    Child Christopher William Morris
  • With one accord they sprang overboard and swam for the nearest shore, that of the eyot.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • The eyot also is quartered, and carefully explored from end to end.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • Not far away, nor yet in the main river; but that narrow channel, deep and dark, inside the eyot.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • Those in the centre of the eyot were black with swallows--like the black blight on beans.

  • One of them had even six, who one day fought a mêlée for her favours on an eyot before the manor windows.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • She had only short glimpses of it, over the tops of the trees on the eyot, and now and then through breaks in their thinner spray.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • Every one on the bank and eyot stopped to watch him—they knew him, he was training.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • On June 26th last summer nearly forty were flying about in the evening, and went across to roost on the eyot.

British Dictionary definitions for eyot


(Brit, rare) island
Word Origin
variant of ait
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Word Origin and History for eyot

"small island," from Middle English eyt, from Old English iggað "small island," diminutive of eg, ig, ieg "island" (see island). Ending influenced by French diminutive suffix -ot.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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