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 Cardinal Numbers.Cardinal Signs [of the Zodiac]. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cardinal Points of the Compass.
Due north, west, east, and south. So called because they are the points on which the intermediate ones, such as N.E., N.W., N.N.E., etc., hinge or hang. (Latin, cardo, a hinge.)   1

 Cardinal Numbers.Cardinal Signs [of the Zodiac]. 

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