ness

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Old English næs; cognate with Icelandic nes, Swedish näs, Danish næs. Related to nose.

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ness (plural nesses)

  1. (geography) A promontory; a cape or headland. (frequently used as a suffix in placenames)
    • 1958: Eric Rücker Eddison, Zimiamvian Trilogy, volume 3: “The Mezentian Gate”, page 177 (Elek Bks.)
      Velvraz Sebarm stands upon the lake, among orange-trees and pomegranates and almonds and peaches of the south, a mile north-west over the water from Zayana town, and two miles by land: an old castle built of honey-coloured marble at the tip of a long sickle-shaped ness that sweeps round southwards, with wild gardens running down in the rocks to the water’s edge, and behind the castle a wood of holm-oaks making a wind-break against the north.

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