noun \ˈsen-ˌtr\

: a creature in Greek mythology that is part human and part horse

Full Definition of CENTAUR

:  any of a race of creatures fabled to be half human and half horse and to live in the mountains of Thessaly

Origin of CENTAUR

Middle English, from Latin Centaurus, from Greek Kentauros
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, nimbus, phoenix


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek mythology, one of a race of creatures, part horse and part man, living in the mountains of Thessaly and Arcadia. They were best known for their battle with the Lapiths, occasioned by their attempt to carry off the bride of a Lapith prince. Centaurs were often depicted drawing Dionysus' chariot or ridden by Eros, in reference to their drunken and amorous habits. Their king Chiron, however, was notable for being civilized, gentle, and the tutor of heroes.


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