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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun [lowercase] An instrument for determining the error of a ship's compass by the bearing of celestial objects.
  • noun The typical and only living genus of Palinuridæ. P. vulgaris is known as the spiny lobster, rock-lobster, or sea-crawfish.
  • noun A genus of stromateoid fishes: same as Lirus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) An instrument for obtaining directly, without calculation, the true bearing of the sun, and thence the variation of the compass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun type genus of the family Palinuridae

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