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cynosure (n.)

"something that strongly attracts attention," 1590s, from Middle French cynosure (16c.), from Latin Cynosura, literally "dog's tail," the constellation (now Ursa Minor) containing what is now (but was not in ancient times) the North Star, the focus of navigation, at the tip of its tail; from Greek kynosoura, literally "dog's tail," from kyon (genitive kynos; from PIE root *kwon- "dog") + oura "tail" (see arse). Related: Cynosural.

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