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1 [leyk]
a body of fresh or salt water of considerable size, surrounded by land.
any similar body or pool of other liquid, as oil.
(go) jump in the lake, (used as an exclamation of dismissal or impatience.)

before 1000; Middle English lak(e), lac(e), apparently a conflation of Old French lac, its source, Latin lacus (compare Greek lákkos, Old Irish loch, Old English, Old Saxon lagu sea, water) and Old English lacu stream, water course (compare leccan to moisten, modern dial. lake stream, channel; see leach1)

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lake1 (leɪk)
1.  an expanse of water entirely surrounded by land and unconnected to the sea except by rivers or streamsRelated: lacustrine
2.  anything resembling this
3.  a surplus of a liquid commodity: a wine lake
Related: lacustrine
[C13: lac, via Old French from Latin lacus basin]

lake2 (leɪk)
1.  See also mordant a bright pigment used in textile dyeing and printing inks, produced by the combination of an organic colouring matter with an inorganic compound, usually a metallic salt, oxide, or hydroxide
2.  a red dye obtained by combining a metallic compound with cochineal
[C17: variant of lac1]

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Word Origin & History

"body of water," c.1200, from O.Fr. lack, from L. lacus "pond, lake," also "basin, tank," related to lacuna "hole, pit," from PIE *lak- (cf. Gk. lakkos "pit, tank, pond," O.C.S. loky "pool, puddle, cistern," O.Ir. loch "lake, pond"). The common notion is "basin." There was a Gmc. form of the word, which
yielded cognate O.N. lögr "sea flood, water," O.E. lacu "stream," lagu "sea flood, water," leccan "to moisten" (see leak). The N.Amer. Great Lakes so called from 1660s. Laker "boat made for sailing on the Great Lakes" is from 1887.

"deep red coloring matter," 1616, from Fr. laque (see lac), from which it was obtained.
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Medical Dictionary

lake 1 (lāk)
A small collection of fluid.

lake 2
A pigment consisting of organic coloring matter with an inorganic, usually metallic base or carrier, used in dyes, inks, and paints. v. laked, lak·ing, lakes
To cause blood plasma to become red as a result of the release of hemoglobin from the red blood cells.

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lake   (lāk)  Pronunciation Key 
A large inland body of standing fresh or salt water. Lakes generally form in depressions, such as those created by glacial or volcanic action; they may also form when a section of a river becomes dammed or when a channel is isolated by a change in a river's course.
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