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Palinurus, genus Palinurus(noun)
type genus of the family Palinuridae
an instrument for obtaining directly, without calculation, the true bearing of the sun, and thence the variation of the compass
Origin: [So called from L. Palinurus, the pilot of Aeneas.]
Palinurus, in Roman mythology and especially Virgil's Aeneid, is the helmsman of Aeneas's ship. Later authors used him as a general type of navigator or guide.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the pilot of one of the ships of Æneas, who, sleeping at his post, fell into the sea, and was drowned.
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