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noun, plural bug·eyes. Nautical.
  1. a ketch-rigged sailing vessel used on Chesapeake Bay.
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Origin of bugeye

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

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

    Some Notes on Shipbuilding and Shipping in Colonial Virginia

    Cerinda W. Evans

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

  • 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.