from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A long, relatively narrow island running parallel to the mainland, built up by the action of waves and currents and serving to protect the coast from erosion by surf and tidal surges.
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- noun An
islandclose to, and parallel to, the main coastline.
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- noun a long narrow sandy island (wider than a reef) running parallel to the shore
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