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loch

[lok, lokh] /lɒk, lɒx/
noun, Scot.
1.
a lake.
2.
a partially landlocked or protected bay; a narrow arm of the sea.
Origin of loch
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (Scots) louch, locht < Scots Gaelic loch, Old Irish loch lake, cognate with Latin lacus, Old English lagu; see lake1, lough
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  • At this point in the conversation they reached a place where the road left the shores of the loch and ascended into the hills.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • She was sentenced to be drowned next day in the loch of Spynie.

    Bygone Punishments William Andrews
  • He saw the poor man no more; the body was found, a fortnight after, at the ebb, on the Ploc-ard side of the head of loch Ewe.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • It's just like yesterday to me the day I met him, down at Bishop's loch.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • There is a boat on the loch, and good trout-fishing may be had on its waters.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • The flies commonly used are larger than what are employed in loch Leven.

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
  • The last that encamped in the Braes of locharkeig, seeing what they believed to be a boat on the side of the loch, sent a party.

British Dictionary definitions for loch

loch

/lɒx; lɒk/
noun
1.
a Scot word for lake1
2.
Also called sea loch. a long narrow bay or arm of the sea in Scotland
Word Origin
C14: from Gaelic
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Word Origin and History for loch
n.

late 14c., from Gaelic loch "lake, narrow arm of the sea," cognate with Old Irish loch "body of water, lake," Breton lagen, Anglo-Irish lough, Latin lacus (see lake (n.1)). The Loch Ness monster is first attested 1933.

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