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pharos (FAR-os) noun

A lighthouse.

[After Pharos, a peninsula in Northern Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea, site of an ancient lighthouse built by Ptolemy, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.]

"When at length the boat crunched upon the sandy shore he got up unsteadily from the stern and pointed to the pharos that flamed in the heavens."
Lee Foster Hartman; The Judgment of Vulcan; 1920.

This week's theme: toponyms or words derived from place names.


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