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A.Word.A.Day--cay

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This week's theme: words borrowed from Spanish.

cay (kay, kee) noun

A small low island of coral, sand, etc.; key.

[From Spanish cayo (shoal).]

See more usage examples of cay in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Its terrain ranges from a myriad offshore islands, coral reefs and cays, white and black sand beaches, savannah, alpine meadows to the largest area of pristine rainforest outside the Amazon basin." Neil Hanson; Travel: Papua New Guinea; The Guardian (London); Mar 23, 2002.

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