Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The rude figure of a beacon painted in blue on pieces of stanniferous faience made at Genoa, Italy, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
“Midway between the city and the light may be seen a stone beacon-mark, placed there to warn mariners from a sunken ledge called Nix's Mate, all that now remains of a beautiful island, where fruit trees once abounded, and where singing birds were listened to by the rough sailor as he glided by on his way “from the girl he left behind him,” or on his return to her fond endearments.”
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