cen·taur | \ˈsen-ˌtȯr \

Definition of centaur 

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

2 Centaur , astronomy : any of a class of asteroids with elliptical orbits that typically lie between the orbits of Jupiter and Neptune The Centaurs are distinguished dynamically as a group of objects whose orbits cross those of the Jovian planets and whose perihelions lie outside the orbit of Jupiter.— Robert H. Brown et al.

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In the rankings of unusual critters, the Slingshot is up there with the sphinx, centaur, and chimera. Alex Davies, WIRED, "The Delightfully Nonsensical Slingshot Might Just Be the Future of Driving," 4 July 2018 Austin departs on her tiptoes, probably ferried in a chariot pulled by centaurs. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "What Statement Should Your Wedding Cake Make?," 17 May 2018 All around us in the sanctuary, crumbling frescoes reached up into the nave: centaurs and griffins, eagle knights and coyote warriors. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 Bestiary by Donika Kelly Donika Kelly’s Bestiary is all about creatures: monsters, mythological beasts, living things half-human and not, chimeras, centaurs, whales, and ostriches, and, that strangest beast of all, mankind. Noor Brara, Vogue, "9 Poets to Know for World Poetry Day," 21 Mar. 2018 Advocates placed another prosthetic arm on a statue depicting the abduction of Deianira, Hercules’ wife, by the centaur Nessus; Deianira could be seen flinging her new limb upward in despair. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "See Classic Sculptures Reimagined With Prosthetic Limbs," 19 Mar. 2018 There, thanks to a magical wardrobe, they are transported to the even more magical land of Narnia, where animals talk and mythical creatures like satyrs and centaurs roam. Bruce Handy, WSJ, "The Grown-Up Joys of Reading Children’s Books," 9 Aug. 2017 Exquisitely tiled rooms with bright linen accents and wide windows have perfect sea views, and quirky features like lamps with fanciful centaur designs and gilded coffee tables add a little bit of luxe. Condé Nast Traveler, "Il San Pietro di Positano," 20 Oct. 2017 The mosaic may also depict the Greek hero Hercules fighting with a centaur. National Geographic, "See Massive Roman Mosaic Unearthed in England," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of centaur

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for centaur

Middle English, from Latin Centaurus, from Greek Kentauros

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English Language Learners Definition of centaur

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


cen·taur | \ˈsen-ˌtȯr \

Kids Definition of centaur

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

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