chesapeake


noun

  1. (italics) a U.S. frigate boarded in 1807 by the British, who removed part of its crew and impressed some members into British service: captured by the British in naval battle near Boston in 1813.
  2. a city in SE Virginia.

from an Algonquian language, perhaps literally “great shellfish bay.” Early spellings include Chesepiooc and Chesupioc.

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