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  1. (literally) Cynosure " Ursa Minor, or Polaris the North Star, used as a guide
  2. something that guides
  3. something that is the center of attention
  • "The rooms were brilliant with lights and flowers, and gaiety and beauty, and intellect; and the lately shrinking country girl was the of all eyes---the most envied, the most dreaded, the most admired, the most loved." — Alice Cary (1820-1871), Clovernook, or Recollections of our Neighborhood in the West
  • "let faith be your cynosure to walk by"
  • Etymology: French cynosure "Ursa Minor; Polaris", from Latin Cynosura, CynosÅra "Ursa Minor", from Ancient Greek (cynosÅra) "Ursa Minor", literally "dog's tail": , (cynos) "dog's" + á (Åra) "tail".

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