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vigia

[vi-jee-uh; Spanish bee-hee-ah] /vɪˈdʒi ə; Spanish biˈhi ɑ/
noun, plural vigias
[vi-jee-uh z; Spanish bee-hee-ahs] /vɪˈdʒi əz; Spanish biˈhi ɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a navigational hazard whose existence or position is uncertain.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < Spanish vigía lookout, reef, probably < Portuguese vigia, noun derivative of vigiar to watch < Latin vigilāre; see vigilant
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vigia

/ˈvɪdʒɪə/
noun
1.
(nautical) a navigational hazard marked on a chart although its existence and nature has not been confirmed
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish vigía reef, from Latin vigilāre to keep watch
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