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bugeye

[buhg-ahy] /ˈbʌgˌaɪ/
noun, plural bugeyes. Nautical
1.
a ketch-rigged sailing vessel used on Chesapeake Bay.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; bug1 + eye, after the former practice of painting a large eye on each bow
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  • Similarly, large trees necessary for the construction of the traditional bugeye log hull were becoming scarce.

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