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bugeye

[ buhg-ahy ]

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of bugeye1

1880–85, Americanism; bug 1 + eye, after the former practice of painting a large eye on each bow

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Example Sentences

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

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.

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