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lough

[lok, lokh] /lɒk, lɒx/
noun, Irish English
1.
a lake.
2.
a partially landlocked or protected bay; a narrow arm of the sea.
Compare loch.
Origin
1505-1515
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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  • Smoke curled lazily from factory chimneys, and small and bigger boats ploughed their ways up and down the lough.
British Dictionary definitions for lough

lough

/lɒx; lɒk/
noun
1.
an Irish word for lake1
2.
a long narrow bay or arm of the sea in Ireland
Compare loch
Word Origin
C14: from Irish loch lake
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Word Origin and History for lough
n.

"a lake, pool," early 14c., Anglo-Celtic, representing a northern form of Irish and Gaelic loch, Welsh llwch, from PIE root *laku- (see lake (n.1)).

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