Cen·​tau·​rus sen-ˈtȯr-əs How to pronounce Centaurus (audio)
: a southern constellation between the Southern Cross and Hydra (see Hydra sense 3)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These irregular structures are the Centaurus, Sagittarius, Carina, Outer and Local Arms. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2023 Measuring the strength of that shifting reveals our total current speed—roughly 600 kilometers per second—and our direction: somewhere toward the constellation Centaurus. Paul Sutter, Ars Technica, 24 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Latin (genitive Centauri)

First Known Use

1550, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Centaurus was in 1550

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“Centaurus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Centaurus. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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