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nun buoy

[ nuhn ]
/ nʌn /
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noun
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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nun buoy
/ (nʌn) /

noun
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

Word Origin for nun buoy

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