One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A passage of open or unobstructed water, typically narrow or limited in width, through which watercraft can pass; specifically a shipping lane.
2Originally and chiefly Guernsey. A lane or path which closely follows a stream or small watercourse.
Early 18th century (in an earlier sense). From water + lane.
water lane/ˈwɔːtə ˌleɪn/
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