la·​goon | \ lə-ˈgün \

Definition of lagoon

1 : a shallow sound, channel, or pond near or communicating with a larger body of water
2 : a shallow artificial pool or pond (as for the processing of sewage or storage of a liquid)

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Other Words from lagoon

lagoonal \ lə-​ˈgü-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Workers taped up windows in hotels and officials ordered schools closed in a low-lying region where towns sit amid farmland tucked between the sea and lagoons. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "Dangerous Cat 4 Hurricane Willa closes in on Mexico coast," 22 Oct. 2018 Around large farms, this waste is often contained in anaerobic lagoons. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Florence dropped so much rain that hog waste is spilling out of lagoons," 18 Sep. 2018 Like most invasive fish found off South Florida, like the destructive lionfish, the lagoon triggerfish was likely someone's pet in a saltwater aquarium and later let go in the ocean. David Goodhue, miamiherald, "An aggressive aquarium fish gets plucked from the ocean — and is heading to a new home | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 The greenery surrounding the lagoon in Aitoliko is buried in thick, sticky cobwebs. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Giant spider web stretches 1,000 feet across lagoon: They're having 'a party'," 19 Sep. 2018 The first star of Marine World was Judy the water-skiing elephant, a pachyderm that trainers placed on pontoon-like skis and dragged into the park’s lagoon. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Marine World/Africa U.S.A. is gone, but the legend grows," 9 Mar. 2018 The eight suites are enormous, with sitting rooms and soaking tubs overlooking a lagoon. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 Arellano, the Lime spokesman, told Ars by email that the company had pulled 56 scooters to date from Lake Merritt, a small lagoon in downtown Oakland. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Lawyer suing e-scooter companies calls user agreements “draconian”," 23 Oct. 2018 Visitors coming from the United States are much more likely to be on the hunt for a polished-to-perfection pink ’56 Chevy cruising the streets of Havana than a flock of flamingos in an isolated lagoon. New York Times, "Want to See the Wild Side of Cuba? Try a Kayak," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of lagoon

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lagoon

French & Italian; French lagune, from Italian laguna, from Latin lacuna pit, pool, from lacus lake

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English Language Learners Definition of lagoon

: an area of sea water that is separated from the ocean by a reef or sandbar


la·​goon | \ lə-ˈgün \

Kids Definition of lagoon

: a shallow channel or pond near or connected to a larger body of water

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