lagoon
noun Etymology: French & Italian; French lagune, from Italian laguna, from Latin lacuna pit, pool, from lacus lake Date: 1673 1. a shallow sound, channel, or pond near or communicating with a larger body of water 2. a shallow artificial pool or pond (as for the processing of sewage or storage of a liquid) • lagoonal adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(shallow and communicating with the sea)


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  • lagoon — la*goon (l[.a]*g[=oo]n ), n. [It. or Sp. laguna, L. lacuna ditch, pool, pond, lacus lake. See {Lake}, and cf. {Lacuna}.] [Written also {lagune}.] 1. A shallow sound, channel, pond, or lake, especially one into which the sea flows; as, the lagoons …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lagoon — 1670s, lagune, earlier laguna (1610s), from Fr. lagune or directly from It. laguna pond, lake, from L. lacuna pond, hole, from lacus pond (see LAKE (Cf. lake) (1)). Originally in reference to the region of Venice; applied 1769 (by Capt. Cook) to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lagoon — [n] shallow body of water bayou, gulf, marsh, pond, pool, shallows, shoal, tidal pond; concept 514 …   New thesaurus

  • lagoon — ► NOUN 1) a stretch of salt water separated from the sea by a low sandbank or coral reef. 2) N. Amer. & Austral./NZ a small freshwater lake near a larger lake or river. ORIGIN Italian and Spanish laguna, from Latin lacuna pool …   English terms dictionary

  • lagoon — [lə go͞on′] n. [< Fr lagune & It laguna < L lacuna: see LACUNA] 1. a shallow lake or pond, esp. one connected with a larger body of water 2. the area of water enclosed by a circular coral reef, or atoll 3. an area of shallow salt water… …   English World dictionary

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  • Lagoon — 40° 59′ 08″ N 111° 53′ 41″ W / 40.985556, 111.894722 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Lagoon — A lagoon is a body of comparatively shallow salt or brackish water separated from the deeper sea by a shallow or exposed sandbank, coral reef, or similar feature. Thus, the enclosed body of water behind a barrier reef or barrier islands or… …   Wikipedia

  • lagoon — lagoonal, adj. /leuh goohn /, n. 1. an area of shallow water separated from the sea by low sandy dunes. Cf. laguna. 2. Also, lagune. any small, pondlike body of water, esp. one connected with a larger body of water. 3. an artificial pool for… …   Universalium

  • lagoon — UK [ləˈɡuːn] / US [ləˈɡun] noun [countable] Word forms lagoon : singular lagoon plural lagoons 1) an area of the sea that is separated from the rest of the sea by sand or rocks 2) American an area of fresh water, especially a small one beside a… …   English dictionary

  • lagoon — lagūna statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Negili (dažnai sekli) įlanka, kurią nuo jūros skiria nerija, rifas, atolas. Su jūra jungiasi neplačiu sąsiauriu (arba keliais sąsiauriais), todėl vandens druskingumas, dugno nuosėdos,… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

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