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 for Palinurus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Palinurus \Pal`inu"rus\, n. [So called from L. Palinurus, the
     pilot of Aeneas.] (Naut.)
     An instrument for obtaining directly, without calculation,
     the true bearing of the sun, and thence the variation of the
     compass.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Palinurus
      n 1: type genus of the family Palinuridae [syn: Palinurus,
           genus Palinurus]

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