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Definition of loch

1 Scotland : lake
2 Scotland : a bay or arm of the sea especially when nearly landlocked

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Examples of loch in a Sentence

in his biography of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell tells of being conducted by a Scottish boatman “across one of the lochs, as they call them, or arms of the sea”
Recent Examples on the Web Tourists drive past peat bogs and deep blue lochs on their way to the distilleries. New York Times, "A Scotch Maker’s Challenge: First Brexit. Now Tariffs.," 17 Oct. 2019 In addition, the ideas that sturgeon or Greenland sharks lived in the loch were also put to rest after Gemmell said no DNA of either creature had been found among the 250 water samples taken from various depths. Fox News, "Loch Ness monster could be a giant eel, researcher claims," 6 Sep. 2019 Eels are nocturnal and spend most of their time hiding, so they are not often seen by humans, but there are most likely hundreds of thousands of small eels in the loch systems in Scotland, Oliveira said. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. expert: There’s something slippery about Loch Ness monster eel theory," 6 Sep. 2019 The Lovat Hotel Loch Ness Day 6: Loch Ness/Isle of Skye As the sun rises over the loch, take a short walk through town to the Fort Augustus Locks, which link Loch Ness to the grand Caledonian Canal connecting Scotland’s east and west coasts. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 Mostly alone, Wortley wandered between the peaks and lochs of the Cairngorm National Park for three weeks, equipped with a wartime gas cooker, a canvas tent, and old-school food supplies—mostly potatoes, cheese, and eggs. Florence Derrick, Condé Nast Traveler, "Meet the Woman Recreating the Journeys of History's Forgotten Female Explorers," 8 Aug. 2019 But there are other shallow spots nearby, like North and South Loch Ness, that are much warmer than the deep waters of the loch itself. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Thousands Have 'Signed Up' to 'Storm Loch Ness' and Find 'That Big Boy.' Here's the History Behind the Mythical Sea Monster," 23 July 2019 Modern visitors can enjoy views through the oriel windows of the king’s bedchambers, or over the loch to the Forth bridges. Glasgow, USA TODAY, "Glasgow, Gateway to Scotland: Witness the beauty and history of these 15 majestic castles," 13 June 2019 Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the waters of Loch Ness, keeping a careful eye out for the legendary beast lurking below the surface, or explore loch-side Urquhart Castle. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of loch

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for loch

Middle English (Scots) louch, from Scottish Gaelic loch; akin to Latin lacus lake — more at lake

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The first known use of loch was in the 15th century

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“Loch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loch. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of loch

Scotland : a lake or a part of the sea that is almost surrounded by land

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