Nessus

noun
Nes·​sus | \ ˈne-səs How to pronounce Nessus (audio) \

Definition of Nessus

: a centaur slain by Hercules for trying to carry away Hercules' wife but avenged by means of a poisoned garment that causes Hercules to die in torment

First Known Use of Nessus

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Nessus

Latin, from Greek Nessos

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“Nessus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Nessus. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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