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pelorus

[puh-lawr-uh s, -lohr-] /pəˈlɔr əs, -ˈloʊr-/
noun, plural peloruses. Navigation
1.
a device for measuring in degrees the relative bearings of observed objects.
Also called dumb compass.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; perhaps < Latin Pelōrus, now Faro in Sicily, a cape which requires skill in navigation
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pelorus

/pɪˈlɔːrəs/
noun (pl) -ruses
1.
a sighting device used in conjunction with a magnetic compass or a gyrocompass for measuring the relative bearings of observed points
Word Origin
of uncertain origin, perhaps from Latin Pelōrus a dangerous Sicilian promontory
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