cen·​taur | \ ˈsen-ˌtȯr How to pronounce centaur (audio) \

Definition of centaur

1 or less commonly 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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Recent Examples on the Web Unquestionably the most successful half-man/half-horse in baseball since that rumored (and since-denied) painting of A-Rod as a centaur. 23. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Happy birthday, Paws! Here's where Detroit Tigers mascot ranks in MLB," 5 May 2020 Spencer's depiction of the Manticore is one of the funniest parts of the movie, alongside the brothers' step-dad, a clumsy centaur voiced by Mel Rodriguez, who serves as the butt of the brothers' jokes. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "'Onward' is a moving emotional tale, but it's not quite as good as other Pixar successes," 4 Mar. 2020 The filmmakers have clearly had fun imagining a milieu with belligerent biker sprites and cops who are centaurs or Cyclopes. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "‘Onward’ Review: An Expected Journey," 4 Mar. 2020 Onward presupposes that Earth's history is rich with dragons, wizards, elves, fairies, unicorns, centaurs, and the like. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Onward film review: Pixar rolls a 20, nails homage to D&D-styled adventure," 6 Mar. 2020 The film opens with a visually captivating flashback of mermaids swimming through streams, centaurs frolicking through fields and whimsical wizards casting spells. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "'Onward' is a moving emotional tale, but it's not quite as good as other Pixar successes," 4 Mar. 2020 Imagine unicorns prowling garbage cans in middle-class neighborhoods, and a winged centaur cop who's forgotten how to fly and must instead cram inside a regular-police car. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "How new Pixar movie 'Onward' pays tribute to metro Detroit family," 29 Feb. 2020 The statement also notes that the drawings of the creatures, which include centaurs, birds, sea creatures and a warrior fighting a panther, were done in red with evidence of gilding. Fox News, "Mysterious underground chamber discovered under palace of Emperor Nero," 14 Jan. 2020 Instead, Potter senior has to importune a surly centaur. Jason Kehe, Wired, "Harry Potter and the Curse of Technology," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of centaur was before the 12th century

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“Centaur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centaur. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce centaur (audio) \

Kids Definition of centaur

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

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