ms quay

Quay

[kwey]
noun
Matthew Stanley, 1833–1904, U.S. politician: senator 1887–99, 1901–4.
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quay (kiː)
 
n
Compare pier a wharf, typically one built parallel to the shoreline
 
[C14 keye, from Old French kai, of Celtic origin; compare Cornish hedge, fence, Old Breton cai fence]

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quay
1696, variant of M.E. key "wharf" (1306), from O.N.Fr. cai (O.Fr. chai) "sand bank," from Gaulish caium (5c.), from O.Celt. *kagio- "to encompass, enclose" (cf. Welsh cae "fence, hedge," Cornish ke "hedge"), cognate with O.E. haga "hedge" (see hedge). Spelling altered by infl.
of Fr. quai, from the same Celtic source.
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