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nun buoy

[nuhn] /nʌn/
a conical, unlighted buoy used as a channel marker, especially on the starboard side of a channel entering from seaward.
Compare can buoy.
Origin of nun buoy
1695-1705; obsolete nun spinning top + buoy Unabridged
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  • The boat shaved a nun-buoy outside Barmouth Point so closely that Staff could almost have touched it by stretching out his arm.

    The Bandbox Louis Joseph Vance
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nun buoy

(nautical) a buoy, conical at the top, marking the right side of a channel leading into a harbour: green in British waters but red in US waters Compare can buoy
Word Origin
C18: from obsolete nun a child's spinning top + buoy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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