Definitions starting with C

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/kéykas, káykas/ [perhaps from Sp. icaco from Taino hikako cocoplum (see quot.)] n. several islands to the southeast of the Bahamas; geographically they are a part of the Bahamas but, with Turks Island, they have been politically separate since 1874: 1635 Caicos (Atlas Novus). 1869 The Caicos have a reputation for fruit and their name is said to be derived from an Indian word designating a native plum tree (Bacot 7).

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Last update: 2010-09-08 18:37
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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