DNS question, canonical name

Why is the canonical name/CNAME jay.com I think that is the "A" record.

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points to it, not the other way around. Could someone help me wrap my head around this? If there was no CNAME, then we would just have jay.com

-> ns

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Non-authoritative answer:
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canonical name = jay.com. Name: jay.com Address:

-> ns jay.com Non-authoritative answer: Name: jay.com Address:


!(Again, below we have that "jay.com" is the cname. (as if it is pointing to

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but I think it's the other way around...

-> dig

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cname ; DiG 9.8.2rc1-RedHat-9.8.2-0.30.rc1.el6_6.2
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cname ;; global options: +cmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER

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