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The quay or jetty at Lundy Island, UK

A quay (UK: /ˈkiː/, US: /ˈkeɪ, ˈkweɪ/) is a wharf or bank where ships and other vessels are loaded. A quay may be constructed parallel or perpendicular to the bank of a waterway. In the United Kingdom and Commonwealth nations, the word is commonly used, while Americans typically use "wharf." Similar words are found in many European languages. In French, it is spelled quai as in Quai d'Orsay, the home of the French foreign ministry headquarters. In German it is Kai. In Polish it's keja, in Dutch - kaai.

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From LoveToKnow 1911

QUAY, a wharf or landing-place for the loading and unloading of water-borne cargo. The word, now pronounced like "key," takes the form of Fr. quai, older cay or caye, cf. Spanish cayo, a bar, barrier or reef. The earlier form in English is "kay," and it was so pronounced. "Key" was also earlier pronounced "kay," and the change in pronunciation in the one was followed also in the other. In spelling also the word was assimilated to "key," in the sense of a reef, or, especially, of the low range of reefs or islets on the coasts of Spanish America, e.g. on the coast of Florida, the chain of islets known as Florida Keys.

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