One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small loch.
- ‘The path goes for almost four miles through undulating moorland with no views of the sea and you pass several lochans, where divers nest in the summer.’
- ‘Looking behind and also to the left, the landscape consists of a wild and complex mosaic of lochans, lochs and peaks, a rugged scene which typifies this most remote part of the Scottish mainland.’
- ‘The landscape is covered with lochs and lochans - almost more water than land.’
- ‘The drive down was amazing - the road to Harris from here is pretty lunar in places but with the sun belting down all the lochs and lochans were a beautiful azure colour and framed with the glorious heather coloured hills it was brilliant.’
- ‘Close by lies a lochan, known locally as the duck pond, a place usually ringing with the cackles of mallards.’
Late 17th century: from Scottish Gaelic, diminutive of loch.
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