Definition of

Bay

  1. (noun, animal) a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color
  2. (noun, artifact) a small recess opening off a larger room
  3. (noun, artifact) a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose
  4. (noun, artifact) a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital
  5. (noun, event) the sound of a hound on the scent
  6. (noun, object) an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
  7. (noun, plant) small Mediterranean evergreen tree with small blackish berries and glossy aromatic leaves used for flavoring in cooking; also used by ancient Greeks to crown victors
  8. (verb, communication) bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
  9. (verb, communication) utter in deep prolonged tones
  10. (adj, all) (used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown color

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Origin of the word Bay

  1. "inlet of the sea," late 14c., from O.Fr. baie, L.L. baia (c.640), from Iberian bahia. more
  2. "opening in a wall," early 14c. (especially bay window, c.1400), from O.Fr. baee "opening, hole, gulf," noun use of fem. pp. of bayer "to gape, yawn," from M.L. batare "gape," perhaps of imitative origin. Sick-bay "forepart of a ship's main deck used as a hospital" is from 1580s, from the notion of a recessed space. more
  3. "howl of a hound" (especially when hunting), c.1300, from O.Fr. bayer, from PIE base *bai- echoic of howling (cf. Gk. bauzein, L. baubari "to bark," Eng. bow-wow; cf. also bawl). Noun meaning "cornering of a hunted animal" is also 14c. At bay (1640s) is from special sense of "chorus raised by hounds in conflict with quarry," and … more
  4. "reddish-brown," mid-14c., from Anglo-Fr. bai, from O.Fr. bai, from L. badius "chestnut-brown" (used only of horses), from PIE *badyo- "yellow, brown" (cf. O.Ir. buide "yellow"). Also elliptical for a horse of this color. more
  5. "shrub" (Laurus nobilis, source of the bay leaf), late 14c., originally only of the berry, from O.Fr. baie (12c.) "berry, seed," from L. baca "berry." Extension to the shrub itself is from 1520s. The leaves or sprigs were woven as wreaths for conquerors or poets. Bayberry first recorded 1570s. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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