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bin·na·cle / ˈbinəkəl/ • n. a built-in housing for a ship's compass. ORIGIN: late 15th cent. (as bittacle): from Spanish bitácula, bitácora or Portuguese bitacola, from Latin habitaculum ‘dwelling place,’ from habitare ‘inhabit.’ The change to binnacle occurred in the mid 18th cent.

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binnacle box containing ship's compass. XV. Earlier forms biticle, bittacle — Sp. bitácula, bitácora or Pg. bitácola (corr. to It. abitacolo, F. habitacle) — L. habitāculum habitation, F. habitāre inhabit; the change from tt to nn may have been bridged by such a form as biddikil (XVII).