Minotaur

noun
Mi·​no·​taur | \ ˈmi-nə-ˌtȯr How to pronounce Minotaur (audio) , ˈmī- How to pronounce Minotaur (audio) \

Definition of Minotaur

: a monster shaped half like a man and half like a bull, confined in the labyrinth built by Daedalus for Minos, and given a periodic tribute of youths and maidens as food until slain by Theseus

First Known Use of Minotaur

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Minotaur

Middle English, from Latin Minotaurus, from Greek Minōtauros, from Minōs + tauros bull

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“Minotaur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Minotaur. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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