Off the coast of Maine, the surface of the ocean is broken here and there by cone-shaped islands or piles of rock referred to as nubbles, sometimes shortened to nubs. These forms do not always stand alone in water; in places the term is applied to the odd cliff or point of land that ends in a dribbling of stone. The Cape Neddick or Nubble Lighthouse in southeast Maine was built on a low pile of rock separated from the mainland by a treacherous channel. Although the word is uncommon outside Maine, in Sonoma County, California, a naked, rocky peak bears the name The Nubble.

Jan DeBlieu