island; Islet; Small island; Bit of land in a river; Land in the
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ait (or eyot) is a small island in a river. It is especially used
to refer to islands found on the River Thames and its tributaries
Ait on the River Thames
are typically formed by the deposition of sediment in the water,
which accumulates over a period of time. An ait is
characteristically long and narrow, and may become a permanent
island. However, aits may also be eroded: the resulting sediment
is deposited further downstream and could result in another ait.
A channel with numerous aits is called a braided channel.
words "ait" and "eyot" are not common in
modern English, although a few famous writers have used it,
including J. R. R. Tolkien in his Lord of the Rings books, and
Charles Dickens in Bleak House. It is also used by Thackeray in
"Vanity Fair". More recently, it was used by Terry
Pratchett in the first of the Discworld books, The Colour of
Magic, as well as in the book The Pope's Rhinoceros by Lawrence
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