from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A channel of western British Columbia, Canada, separating the Queen Charlotte Islands from coastal islands off the mainland of the province.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A strait that runs between Haida Gwaii and mainland British Columbia.
Named by English explorer George Henry Richards after his surveying vessel, the HMS Hecate, in 1861 or 1862. (Wiktionary)