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whistling buoy

noun, Nautical.
a buoy having a whistle operated by air trapped and compressed in an open-bottomed chamber by the rising and falling water level caused by natural wave action. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The fog-bell was tolling, and yells of agony came from the whistling-buoy.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • When Wilbur came on deck again he noted that the "Bertha Millner" had already left the whistling-buoy astern.

  • The bellow of the whistling-buoy nine miles out, off the coast, was audible at firesides.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

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