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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Centauro’s design was partly inspired by the Momaro, a centaur-like robot designed by engineers from the University of Bonn. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "This Robot Centaur May Be the Future of Search-and-Rescues," 28 July 2018 While the sign opposite to you, head-strong Sagittarius, challenges your ideas with various philosophical opinions, the centaur is someone who will definitely keep you on your toes! Ashley Otero, Teen Vogue, "Who You Should Date, Based on Your Horoscope," 20 Aug. 2018 As reported by IEEE Spectrum, Centauro’s design builds on that of Momaro, another centaur-robot designed by researchers from the University of Bonn. James Vincent, The Verge, "The future of search-and-rescue robots might be centaur, not human," 28 July 2018 On one of these cups, Cupid tugs the male centaur’s hair to annoy him. Melik Kaylan, WSJ, "‘Devotion and Decadence: The Berthouville Treasure and Roman Luxury From the Bibliothèque Nationale de France’ Review: Shining Silver From an Untarnished Trove," 31 Oct. 2018 Sagittarius: Sagittarius comes in seventh place, which is a bit of a shock considered how the centaur sign loves all things academia and also enjoy being in the spotlight. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Which Zodiac Sign Has the Most Nobel Prize Winners? The Answer May Surprise You, Unless You're a Gemini," 27 Aug. 2018 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

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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


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Kids Definition of centaur

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

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