ness (n.)

"point of land running into the sea," obsolete except in place names (Holderness, Dungeness, etc.) and surnames, Old English næs (West Saxon, Northumbrian), nes (Mercian, Kentish), "a promontory," related to nasu "nose" (from PIE root *nas- "nose"). Cognate with and probably partly from Old Norse nes, Danish næs; also Swedish näs, Middle Dutch nesse.

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