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bugeye

[buhg-ahy]
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noun, plural bug·eyes. Nautical.
  1. a ketch-rigged sailing vessel used on Chesapeake Bay.

Origin of bugeye

1880–85, Americanism; bug1 + eye, after the former practice of painting a large eye on each bow
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Examples from the Web for bugeye

Historical Examples

  • From the dugout have come the piragua, Rose's tobacco boat, and the Chesapeake Bay canoe and bugeye as we see them today.

    Some Notes on Shipbuilding and Shipping in Colonial Virginia

    Cerinda W. Evans

  • In essence the bugeye was a large canoe, fully decked, with a fixed rig following that of the brogan.

  • When we came to the surface we noticed a "bugeye" (a small schooner) "hove to" about fifty yards to the leeward.

  • The crew started forward and the Captain held the bugeye to its course to the strange island.