Definitions

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

  • n. A small, low island composed largely of coral or sand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, low island largely made of sand or coral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See key, a ledge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as key. [Rare.]

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida

Etymologies

Alteration (influenced by quay) of Spanish cayo, probably from Taino.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arawakan via Spanish cayo. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • La regista è Cayetana Vidal alias cay presso Furia Films.

    No Fat Clips!!! : Project 155: My ojo izquierdo

  • The coral cay, which is surrounded by a delicate coral reef, is near the seabird and turtle nesting sanctuary of North West Island, where clumps of oil about five metres apart stained about one kilometre of beach.

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  • His thoughts were interupted by the pilot pointing to a tiny island … really a cay … off the coast of Nicaragua and indicating that the cay was my destination.

    James Brausch

  • "But we are talking about oil reaching a coral cay which is globally important for seabird breeding and the nesting of green and loggerhead turtles.

    nst online

  • So fine, go move to some nice cay in the Carribean, where you can see the coral reefs bleaching right in front of you, till that day when some hurricane washes your denying rump away, that is.

    Tom McIntyre Explains His Picks for our 2009 Hunting and Fishing Heroes and Villians Face-Off

  • An hour later the camera is returned, containing a child's-eye view of life on the cay.

    Panama, Ho!

  • A light current carries us ashore, and by ten o'clock we're wading onto the tiny cay, all sand and vines and tropical birds.

    Panama, Ho!

  • The route that leads from the town of Roses to Cala Montjoi, the jewel-like cay where elBulli is located, is seven kilometers of the most narrow, tortuous road you would ever want to travel.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • The tea party movement does not need this type of publicity, go home Palin! cay

    Palin, Bachmann to headline Tea Party convention

  • Qu es lo que descubri, y por lo que cay en olvido?

    Archive 2009-12-01

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  • pronounciation is quay with this word

    November 7, 2009

  • Pronounced either "kay" or "key"

    July 2, 2007