noun bin·na·cle \ˈbi-ni-kəl\

Definition of binnacle

  1. :  a housing for a ship's compass and a lamp

Origin and Etymology of binnacle

alteration of Middle English bitakle, from Old Portuguese or Old Spanish; Old Portuguese bitácola & Old Spanish bitácula, from Latin habitaculum dwelling place, from habitare to inhabit — more at habitation

First Known Use: 1727

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