One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
in place names A small island in a river.‘Raven's Ait’
- ‘Isleworth Ait lies offshore from Heron's place and is one of the longest covering 10 acres.’
- ‘Samuel Lewis's map of 1784 shows the inn in the centre of the Ait.’
- ‘Aits are typically formed by the deposition of sediment in the water, which accumulates over a period of time.’
- ‘The Ait is 30 miles from the mouth of the Thames yet is still tidal.’
- ‘This is Benns Ait with Hampton Ferry in the foreground.’
Old English iggath, īgeth, based on īeg ‘island’ + a diminutive suffix.
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