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nun buoy

  1. a conical, unlighted buoy used as a channel marker, especially on the starboard side of a channel entering from seaward.
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Origin of nun buoy

1695–1705; obsolete nun spinning top + buoy
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Historical Examples

  • The boat shaved a nun-buoy outside Barmouth Point so closely that Staff could almost have touched it by stretching out his arm.

    The Bandbox

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for nun buoy

nun buoy

  1. nautical a buoy, conical at the top, marking the right side of a channel leading into a harbour: green in British waters but red in US watersCompare can buoy
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Word Origin

C18: from obsolete nun a child's spinning top + buoy
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