• WordNet 3.6
    • n Palinurus type genus of the family Palinuridae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Palinurus (Naut) An instrument for obtaining directly, without calculation, the true bearing of the sun, and thence the variation of the compass.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n palinurus [lowercase] An instrument for determining the error of a ship's compass by the bearing of celestial objects.
    • n palinurus The typical and only living genus of Palinuridæ. P. vulgaris is known as the spiny lobster, rock-lobster, or sea-crawfish. It is common on the coast of Great Britain, and is brought in large numbers to the London markets. The antennæ are greatly developed, and the carapace is spiny and tuberculate.
    • n palinurus A genus of stromateoid fishes: same as Lirus.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from L. Palinurus, the pilot of ├ćneas


In literature:

Ev'n Palinurus no distinction found Betwixt the night and day; such darkness reign'd around.
"The Aeneid" by Virgil
PALINURUS, the pilot of one of the ships of AEneas, who, sleeping at his post, fell into the sea, and was drowned.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Nec meminisse viae media Palinurus in unda.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
E'en Palinurus nodded at the helm.
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
No difference now between the night and day E'en Palinurus sees, nor recollects the way.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Very easy it would be for me to give you cheap scholarship from the AEneid, about Palinurus and Scylla and Charybdis.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867." by Various
Palinurus, sleeping at the helm, fell into the sea and was drowned.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Palinurus himself professes he cannot tell day from night on the sky, nor remember the way amid the waters.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
But first before all other keels did Palinurus lead The close array, and all were charged to have his course in heed.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
On the former, large Craw-fishes abound (Palinurus), akin to those of Florida, though specifically different from them.
"Seaside Studies in Natural History" by Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz