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Definition of cay

: a low island or reef of sand or coral

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The dead included the vessel’s captain, a cook, a crewman, 19 lobster divers and five cay residents. Washington Post, "Bodies of Honduras boat victims arrive on land for ID," 5 July 2019 Day 3: Explore the 32 Islands & Cays of The Grenadines St. Vincent and The Grenadines is famous for sailing and yachting with 32 islands and cays ripe for exploring. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours in St. Vincent," 29 July 2019 As the group of scientists snorkeled the reefs surrounding the coral cay on the southern end of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one spotted a strange-looking jellyfish in the water. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "This jellyfish makes glowing proteins previously unknown to science," 19 July 2019 Waly sank Wednesday in bad weather in the Caribbean near Cayo Gorda, a cay about 75 miles (120 kilometers) offshore. Washington Post, "Bodies of Honduras boat victims arrive on land for ID," 5 July 2019 Bahamas More than 700 islands and thousands of deserted cays make up this sprawling island nation, barely 60 miles east of Florida. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Best Caribbean Island for You," 15 Jan. 2018 While the Bahamas is comprised of over 700 islands and cays in total, Nassau and Paradise Island alone are enough to fill an upscale itinerary for both the stationary and the adventurous. Céline Bossart, Town & Country, "The Complete Travel Guide to Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas," 30 Nov. 2017 Sandy cays are extremely sensitive to sea level rise; a few extra inches of water can increase erosion and ultimately doom an island. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Is This the Most Crowded Island in the World? (And Why That Question Matters)," 20 Feb. 2018 Actually, both Paul and Ringo seemed to go home rather unfazed by their little vay-cay in the Inner Light. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "HariSongs Label Debuts: 7 Great Moments When George Harrison Collided With Indian Music," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cay

1707, in the meaning defined above

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: a low island made of sand or coral


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