lough

[lok, lokh]
noun Irish English.
1.
a lake.
2.
a partially landlocked or protected bay; a narrow arm of the sea.
Compare loch.


Origin:
1505–15; Anglo-Irish spelling of Irish loch lake; compare Middle English low, lough(e), logh(e), Old English (Northumbrian) lūh < British Celtic *lux- (> Welsh llwch (obsolete) lake, Old Breton luh, Breton louc’h), apparently < early Irish; see loch

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lough (lɒx, lɒk)
 
n
1.  an Irish word for lake
2.  a long narrow bay or arm of the sea in Ireland
 
[C14: from Irish loch lake]

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lough
early 14c., "a lake," Anglo-Celtic, representing a northern form of Ir. and Gale. loch, Welsh llwch.
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Smoke curled lazily from factory chimneys, and small and bigger boats ploughed their ways up and down the lough.
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