Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Bay ofBiscay An arm of the Atlantic Ocean indenting the western coast of Europe from Brittany in northwest France southward to northwest Spain.

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  • proper n. A province of Spain
  • proper n. The Bay of Biscay, located in the eastern Atlantic north of Spain and west of France.

Etymologies

From Basque Bizkaia (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The college, founded by the gratuitous charities of Spaniards, chiefly from the province of Biscay, is a truly splendid institution.

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  • The frequency of these occurences fueled nautical legends of many types ranging from the more fanciful Basque tales of sea serpents (the etymology of the bay of Biscay is Basque related) & monster sized waves.

    Indymedia Ireland

  • It terrified them in the sense that what would have been a race between the Guards Armored divisions in the three Tank Armies to the Bay of Biscay, would have been a bloody battle to the Bay of Biscay.

    Matthew Yglesias » Cold War Hawks and the Soviet Economy

  • Someone said that the ferocity of the sea, in contrast to the relatively calm conditions on land and clear blue sky above, originated in the Bay of Biscay.

    Country diary: Land's End, Cornwall

  • Redfish replaced the cold-water white fishes of the Biscay and Mediterranean.

    Pascale Boucicaut: Secret in the Roux

  • With no thought of compensating for the lack of pitch control, the stewardess plotted a new course: due north from the Azores, then a hard right into the Bay of Biscay.

    The Sky-What Limit?

  • For good or ill, the waters of the Bay of Biscay looked exactly like a very runny Brie.

    The Sky-What Limit?

  • From that vessel he conducted a series of commando-style raids against the French along the Cantabrian coast of northeastern Spain, on the Bay of Biscay, near Basque country.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • I dreamed one night that I found a great balloon to take me over the Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay to the comfort of Dublin.

    The Empty Family

  • On 30 December 1831 he is freshly aboard the Beagle in the Bay of Biscay wretchedly out of spirits & very sick.

    Weatherwatch: A seasick Charles Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle

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