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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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Synonyms for loch


arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], embayment, estuary, firth, fjord (also fiord), gulf, inlet

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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”

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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 The researchers hope their study will help scientists understand more about the loch’s ecosystem and the threat posed by invasive species. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A New Hunt for the DNA of the Loch Ness Monster," 24 May 2018 However, most scientists point out the loch is only about 10,000 years old, and plesiosaurs went extinct more than 65m years ago. Fox News, "Fossil of ‘real-life Loch Ness Monster’ found in Antarctica was the biggest sea dinosaur ever," 11 June 2019 Cromlix offers tennis coaching on their own Wimbledon-grade courts (of course), loch fishing, archery, garden games, and falconry. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Golfing in the Great Glen Built in the early 1800s, the Caledonian Canal bisects Scotland from northeast to southwest, connecting scenic lochs—including the possibly serpent-harboring Loch Ness—and cutting through the Great Glen. Sara Tucker, WSJ, "European Barge Cruises That Are Anything But Boring," 6 Sep. 2018

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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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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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