vigia

vigia

[vi-jee-uh; Spanish bee-hee-ah]
noun, plural vigias [vi-jee-uhz; Spanish bee-hee-ahs] .
a navigational hazard whose existence or position is uncertain.

Origin:
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)
 
n
nautical a navigational hazard marked on a chart although its existence and nature has not been confirmed
 
[C19: from Spanish vigía reef, from Latin vigilāre to keep watch]

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