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portolano

[ pawr-tl-ah-noh, pohr- ]
/ 藢p蓴r tl藞蓱 no蕣, 藢po蕣r- /
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noun, plural por路to路la路nos, por路to路la路ni [pawr-tl-ah-nee, pohr-]. /藢p蓴r tl藞蓱 ni, 藢po蕣r-/.
a descriptive atlas of the Middle Ages, giving sailing directions and providing charts showing rhumb lines and the location of ports and various coastal features.
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Also called rutter.

Origin of portolano

1855鈥60; <Italian: shipmaster's guidebook; earlier, harbor master <Medieval Latin portul膩nus.See port1, -ule, -an
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