cynosural

cynosure

[sahy-nuh-shoor, sin-uh-]
noun
1.
something that strongly attracts attention by its brilliance, interest, etc.: the cynosure of all eyes.
2.
something serving for guidance or direction.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin Cynosūra < Greek Kynósoura the constellation Ursa Minor, equivalent to kynós dog's (genitive of kýōn) + ourá tail

cynosural, adjective

cynosure, sinecure.
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cynosure (ˈsɪnəˌzjʊə, -ʃʊə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that attracts notice, esp because of its brilliance or beauty
2.  something that serves as a guide
 
[C16: from Latin Cynosūra the constellation of Ursa Minor, from Greek Kunosoura, from cyno- + oura tail]
 
cyno'sural
 
adj

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cynosure
1590s, from M.Fr. cynosure, from L. Cynosura, lit. "dog's tail," the constellation (now Ursa Minor) containing the North Star, the focus of navigation, from Gk. kynosoura, lit. "dog's tail."
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