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vigia

[vi-jee-uh; Spanish bee-hee-ah]
noun, plural vi·gi·as [vi-jee-uh z; Spanish bee-hee-ahs] /vɪˈdʒi əz; Spanish biˈhi ɑs/.
  1. a navigational hazard whose existence or position is uncertain.
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Origin of vigia

1865–70; < Spanish vigía lookout, reef, probably < Portuguese vigia, noun derivative of vigiar to watch < Latin vigilāre; see vigilant
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Historical Examples of vigia

  • Vigia Rajah died without children, and left the crown to his brother, in whole lineage it continued for 900 years.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII

    Robert Kerr


British Dictionary definitions for vigia

vigia

noun
  1. nautical a navigational hazard marked on a chart although its existence and nature has not been confirmed
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Word Origin for vigia

C19: from Spanish vigía reef, from Latin vigilāre to keep watch
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