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[nes] /nɛs/

a headland; promontory; cape.

Loch Ness, a lake in NW Scotland, in the Great Glen: said to be inhabited by an aquatic monster. Length: 36 km (22.5 miles). Depth: 229 m (754 ft)

obsolete except in place names, Old English næs “a promontory,” related to nasu “nose” (see nose (n.)). Cognate with Old Norse nes, Danish næs, Swedish näs, Middle Dutch nesse.
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