One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large body of water surrounded by land.‘boys were swimming in the lake’in names ‘Lake Superior’
pond, pool, tarn, reservoir, lagoon, waterhole, inland sea, swimView synonyms
- ‘Crocodiles and flamingoes can often be seen in and around the shallow lakes and pools on the islands.’
- ‘A lone tree sat dejectedly atop a small hill, overlooking a small lake that reflected the clouded sky above.’
- ‘The surrounding area has a man-made lake, surrounded by huge boathouses and houses.’
- ‘The nearby crater lake, Pavin, is visited by over 200,000 people each year.’
- ‘The circumstances under which the fish reached the crater lakes have been a subject of speculation for many years.’
- ‘Ospreys live near rivers, estuaries, salt marshes, lakes, reservoirs, and other large bodies of water.’
- ‘The lake sturgeon does not appear to present any negative attributes concerning the environment or humans.’
- ‘I mean, they live basically off the fishing from the world's second largest freshwater lake.’
- ‘The section around Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, had not been built.’
- ‘The following day, I got up early to fish the carp lake.’
- ‘Instead, the most recommended fish are salmon, common mackerel and lake trout.’
- ‘As April arrived the lake water level rose by a couple of feet after a sustained period of rain.’
- ‘They set up camp at Rwanda's main airport, surrounded by rolling hills and turquoise mountain lakes.’
- ‘The rocks are glacial lake beds of dark gray silt, clay, and peat.’
- ‘The project would involve creating a huge artificial lake and sifting out the mineral.’
- ‘Sunday afternoon found us trying out, with some success, the small trout lake situated just behind the bungalow.’
- ‘Through the trees however, the sparkle of a large, man-made lake was visible.’
- ‘The inland lake is filled with seawater each day, and stocked with marine fish.’
- ‘Logging enterprises have destroyed traditional maple sugar camps, and fish caught in freshwater lakes are contaminated with mercury.’
- ‘There are no federal environmental or health standards for arsenic or copper in lake sediments.’
- 1.1 A pool of liquid.‘the fish was served in a bright lake of spicy carrot sauce’
- ‘No one knows if liquid chemical lakes exist on the surface of Titan.’
- ‘Some researchers suspect that lakes of liquid ethane, or even a moon-girdling ocean of ethane, methane, and propane, may exist on Titan.’
- ‘After all, the subterranean lakes of oil beneath Iraq contain thousands of millions of barrels so there is plenty for everybody.’
- ‘Finally, the mega-slums of Asia, Africa and Latin America are like so many lakes of petrol awaiting the spark of H5N1.’
- ‘Can you imagine being chased across a lake of petrol by a grinning madman with a cigarette lighter?’
- ‘A dark patch on the surface of Titan, moon of Saturn, might be a lake filled with liquid hydrocarbons, astronomers have said.’
- ‘Outside the concrete and brick building, people gingerly walked around small lakes of blood that pooled on the street.’
- ‘The prospect of China's consuming ever growing lakes of oil has been noted over the years, although it is gaining new urgency as Chinese consumption continues to soar.’
- ‘In particular, there is no conclusive evidence yet to either confirm or deny the presence of the putative lakes of liquid ethane on Titan's surface.’
- ‘It includes some 300 oil lakes that still, more than a decade later, lie on the land, the result of the Iraqis having set fire to some 700 oil wells in Kuwait.’
- ‘Set slid to the ground without a sound, blood pooling around him and forming a shallow lake of red liquid.’
- ‘Pictures and spectral data taken on the way down show a terrain made of ice ridges and hills, cut through by drainage channels, rivers and lakes of liquid methane.’
- ‘A poached pear dessert on a delicious fluff of ricotta and mascarpone cheeses runs afoul in a lake of bullying raspberry sauce.’
Late Old English (denoting a pond or pool), from Old French lac, from Latin lacus ‘basin, pool, lake’.
1often with modifier An insoluble pigment made by combining a soluble organic dye and an insoluble mordant.
- ‘This mordant reacts with the dye alizarin to form a red lake, exactly as it does in a test tube in the typical analytical test for aluminum.’
- ‘Burnt umber, terre verte, red ochre, red lake and burnt sienna were identified in several places.’
- ‘The inclusion of azurite blue and lake glazes indicates that this was a sophisticated and expensive colour scheme.’
- 1.1 A purplish-red pigment made the same way as lake, used in dyes, inks, and paints and originally made with lac.
- ‘Then she picked up a handful of lake and gave it to me.’
Early 17th century: variant of lac.
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