[ vi-jee-uh; Spanish bee-hee-ah ]
/ vɪˈdʒi ə; Spanish biˈhi ɑ /
noun, plural vi·gi·as [vi-jee-uh z; Spanish bee-hee-ahs] /vɪˈdʒi əz; Spanish biˈhi ɑs/.
a navigational hazard whose existence or position is uncertain.
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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Examples from the Web for vigias
But it is not worth while to worry over these vigias while there are plenty of well-known dangers to keep the navigator busy.On Yachts and Yacht Handling|Thomas Fleming Day
Such is probably the origin of half the 'vigias' that are found on the charts.
British Dictionary definitions for vigias
/ (ˈvɪdʒɪə) /
nautical a navigational hazard marked on a chart although its existence and nature has not been confirmed
Word Origin for vigia
C19: from Spanish vigía reef, from Latin vigilāre to keep watch
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