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 (sī′nə-sho͝or′, sĭn′ə-)
1. An object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration.
2. Something that serves to guide.

[French, Ursa Minor (which contains the guiding star Polaris), from Latin cynosūra, from Greek kunosoura, dog's tail, Ursa Minor : kunos, genitive of kuōn, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots + ourā, tail; see ors- in Indo-European roots.]

cy′no·sur′al adj.
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Under the cynosural guidance of its messianic agent, the Estado Novo, Portugal would recover its true historical identity and essence.
The change from cynosural to understated also marks her behavior: If Agata laughs throughout the first half of the film, its second half repeatedly shows her in tears.
The other part of Ethal's body that repels and yet--or therefore--attracts the rapt attention of both Freneuse and the text should be somewhat more familiar to us as a cynosural zone in the erotic figuration of the male body.