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A small, low island composed largely of coral or sand.
[Alteration (influenced by quay) of Spanish cayo, probably from Taíno.]
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(Physical Geography) a small low island or bank composed of sand and coral fragments, esp in the Caribbean area. Also called: key
[C18: from Spanish cayo, probably from Old French quai quay]
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a small low island; key.
[1700–10; < Sp cayo]
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