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can buoy

a cylindrical, unlighted buoy used as a channel marker.
Compare nun buoy.
Origin of can buoy
1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He had so little room that his main-boom hit the can-buoy as he swept by.

    The Seiners James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
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can buoy

(nautical) a buoy with a flat-topped cylindrical shape above water, marking the left side of a channel leading into a harbour: red in British waters but green (occasionally black) in US waters Compare nun buoy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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