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Definition of cay

: a low island or reef of sand or coral

Examples of cay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What used to be a cay is now a spit of sand encircled by a coral reef. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 To keep their staff when the season ended in Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Little Gem Resorts opened Lovango Resort and Beach Club on a private cay in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 And rising sea levels and storm surges led to the recent extinction of a rodent species called Bramble Cay melomys, which lived on a remote cay in the northern Great Barrier Reef, the report said. Kristen Gelineau, ajc, 1 Mar. 2022 It’s another cay (which is essentially a tiny island). Globe Staff,, 13 Jan. 2022 Sandy Island is a small cay off Sandy Ground beach in Anguilla. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Snorkel on your own around a small cay, or book a trip with one of the island's operators to check out its secret underwater spots. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Feb. 2020 The Abaco Islands are a group of islands and barrier cays in the northern Bahamas, east of southern Florida. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 2 Sep. 2019 According to the tourism board, slightly more than half of all visitors to the British overseas territory’s 60 islands and cays stay on yachts. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of cay

1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cay

Spanish cayo — more at key

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“Cay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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