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Bahama

n. 1. [see BAHAMAS] Obs. the former name of Grand Bahama: 1786 Bahama, from which the rest of these islands take their name, is seated . . . to the east of Florida, and. . . west of the island of Lucaya (Penning & Collyer 58). Cf. GREAT BAHAMA.

2. [earliest DAE use in combinations 1789 →] pertaining to the Bahamas: 1784 Bahama Gazette.

◊ This usage is now largely replaced by Bahamas or Bahamian except in set phrases, such as Bahama Islands.

3. a Bahamian (used chiefly by Haitians speaking English). (Eleu.)

Tags: Haitian, noun

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Last update: 2011-12-30 13:04
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.3

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