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lodestar

[lohd-stahr] /ˈloʊdˌstɑr/
noun
1.
a star that shows the way.
2.
3.
something that serves as a guide or on which the attention is fixed.
Also, loadstar.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English loode sterre. See lode, star
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lodestar

/ˈləʊdˌstɑː/
noun
1.
a star, esp the North Star, used in navigation or astronomy as a point of reference
2.
something that serves as a guide or model
Word Origin
C14: literally, guiding star. See lode
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Word Origin and History for lode-star

lodestar

n.

late 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), an old name for the pole star (cf. Old Norse leiðarstjarna) as the star that "leads the way" in navigation; from lode (n.) + star (n.). Figurative use from late 14c.

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lode-star in Science
lodestar also loadstar
  (lōd'stär')   
A star, especially Polaris, that is used as a point of reference.
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