bluenose

bluenose

[bloo-nohz]
noun
1.
a puritanical person; prude.
2.
(initial capital letter) . Also, Blue Nose. Canadian. an inhabitant of the Maritime Provinces, especially of Nova Scotia.
3.
Nautical Slang.
a.
a sailing vessel of Nova Scotia.
b.
a seaman on such a vessel.

Origin:
1780–85 (def 2, 3); 1925–30, Americanism (def 1); blue + nose; (def 1) cf. blue law, etc.; (def 2, 3) originally a derisive name for a person residing in Nova Scotia before the Loyalists' arrival; allegedly so called from a variety of potato with a bluish tip, though there is no certain evidence for this or any of various other explanations of the name

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bluenose (ˈbluːˌnəʊz)
 
n
1.  slang (US) a puritanical or prudish person
2.  informal (often capital) a native or inhabitant of Nova Scotia

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