pelorus

noun
pe·​lo·​rus | \ pə-ˈlȯr-əs How to pronounce pelorus (audio) \

Definition of pelorus

: a navigational instrument resembling a mariner's compass without magnetic needles and having two sight vanes by which bearings are taken

First Known Use of pelorus

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pelorus

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