[lok, lokh]
noun Scot.
a lake.
a partially landlocked or protected bay; a narrow arm of the sea.

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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loch (lɒx, lɒk)
1.  a Scot word for lake
2.  Also called: sea loch a long narrow bay or arm of the sea in Scotland
[C14: from Gaelic]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Gael. loch "lake, narrow arm of the sea," cognate with O.Ir. loch "body of water, lake," Bret. lagen, Anglo-Ir. lough, L. lacus (see lake (1)). The Loch Ness monster is first attested 1933.
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Example sentences
Yes, to those who have never had a sighting, it may seem improbable that any such large creatures lived in the loch.
Breakfast is included in rates and is served in the dining room, which offers views across the loch and surrounding mountains.
The sewage system consisted of a pipe leading to the loch, something that was no longer legal or particularly neighborly to use.
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