[kee, key, kwey]
a landing place, especially one of solid masonry, constructed along the edge of a body of water; wharf.

1690–1700; spelling variant (after French quai) of earlier kay (also key, whence the modern pronunciation) < Old French kay, cay; akin to Spanish cayo shoal. See key2

quaylike, adjective

cay, key, quay.

pier, dock, landing, levee.
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quay (kiː)
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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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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