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
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With the help of a noble if nitwitted giant, a few inept but big-hearted student magicians, even a concerned if somewhat distant centaur, Harry takes on powers bigger and stronger than him, growing older and wiser in the process.
The person who was in the centaur [costume] behind [John Milhiser] kind of got dragged behind him.
From the Latin root monstrum, a divine messenger of catastrophe, then adapted by the Old French to mean an animal of myriad origins: centaur, griffin, satyr.
Home to all sorts of dark creatures, the forest is the setting for many of the climaxes of the series, including the delicious moment that Dolores Umbridge is run out of the forest by centaurs.
And this movie has everything: centaur Gary Oldman, robo–
Despite his sometimes portentous tones, Moss’s alter egos are gritty or playful: circus clowns, a satyr, a centaur.
Together, both stars are known as pointer stars that guide skywatchers to the Southern Cross, which is tucked away underneath the centaur’s hind quarters.
The mythical centaur is the ninth largest constellation in the entire sky and contains two of the top 10 most brilliant stars, making it a real jewel of the southern heavens.
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Origin and Etymology of centaur
Middle English, from Latin Centaurus, from Greek Kentauros
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of centaur for English Language Learners
: a creature in Greek mythology that is part human and part horse
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Definition of centaur for Students
: a creature in Greek mythology that is part man and part horse
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