from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A lake.
  • noun An arm of the sea similar to a fjord.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A lincture.
  • noun In Scotland, a lake in the general sense, or a lake-like body of water, as one of the narrow or partially landlocked arms of the sea, especially on the west coast, resembling the Norwegian fiords. In Ireland usually lough.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Scot. A lake; a bay or arm of the sea.
  • noun (Med.) A kind of medicine to be taken by licking with the tongue; a lambative; a lincture.

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  • noun Alternative form of looch.
  • noun Scotland A lake.
  • noun Scotland A bay or arm of the sea.

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

  • noun a long narrow inlet of the sea in Scotland (especially when it is nearly landlocked)
  • noun Scottish word for a lake


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

[Middle English louch, from Scottish Gaelic loch, from Old Irish.]

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French looch, from Arabic.

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From Scottish Gaelic loch.


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  • Their island is separated by a narrow loch from the Irish mainland.

    “Samuel! There was a rolling wonder in the sound. Ay, there was!” 2008

  • Steve Feltham, 44, who has spent 16 years watching the loch from a converted mobile library on its southern shore, believes that there were once as many as 30 mysterious creatures in the loch but that they are gradually dying off, because of old age.

    Archive 2007-09-01 2007

  • The sky above was a deeper blue, but the surface of the loch was the same; a flat blue-black that caught the reflections from the bank above and held them trapped, colors muted under smoked glass.

    Sick Cycle Carousel 2010

  • The margins of the loch were a riot of colour – the bright yellow of the bog asphodel contrasting with the red, greens and yellows of the sphagnum mosses.

    Country diary: Loch Bran 2010

  • Whereas other letters are written in the Roman alphabet but are pronounced differently, i.e., Y/y is pronounced ‘oo’ as in food and X/x is pronounced ‘ch’ as in the Scottish word loch.

    The Right Fit Sinead Moriarty 2006

  • The plant is good for an old cough, and for such as cannot breathe freely unless they hold their necks upright; also it is of great value when given in a loch, which is a medicine to be licked on.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure William Thomas Fernie

  • In about half an hour after, we perceived that the cataract came from a lake in the ridge of the mountain of Cairn Toul, and that the summit of the mountain was another thousand feet above the loch, which is called Loch na Youn, or the Blue Lake.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847 Various

  • The loch was a crooked finger of the sea hooked into the land.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post

  • During our sojourn in 1876 at Arisaig, the nearest village to the loch, which is six miles off, and necessitating a drive over what was then a road sadly in need of General Wade's good offices, we had the services of a boatman, Angus by name, and his two boys, who could not speak a word of English, -- Angus managing one boat, and his boys the other.

    Scotch Loch-Fishing William Senior

  • Sea-trout and salmon find their way frequently into the angler's basket; and half-way up the loch, which is

    Scotch Loch-Fishing William Senior


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