One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A star at or close to a celestial pole, especially Polaris.‘Alpha Draconis used to be the north polar star’
- ‘Yes, that's the first thing, like the Big Dipper here, the North polar star.’
- ‘The queen, however, is as constant as the polar star, and it is that continuity, stability and dignity which Britons are now celebrating.’
- ‘These 38 stars were the 36 ‘fundamental stars’ of Maskelyne together with two further polar stars.’
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