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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 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 That is what this centaur of a play is like, too: a tragic torso from which comedy sprouts, ungainly and irrepressible, singing a song of hope. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "American Dreams in “The Rose Tattoo” and “Soft Power”," 21 Oct. 2019 Or maybe a Hollywood take on a centaur: half character actor and half leading man. Scott Huver, CNN, "Why Walton Goggins is a bona fide unicorn, on screen and off," 26 Sep. 2019 Knowles has no qualms about scenery-chewing, and his many roles (as Percy’s understanding teacher, his centaur/mentor, Medusa, Hades and a surfer-dude of a Poseidon) give him ample opportunity to do so. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘The Lightning Thief’ strikes out, but performances shine," 20 June 2019 That might be attributed to the fact that the ride includes things like gnomes acromantulas, cornish pixies, centaurs and Fluffy the three-headed dog. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "First look: See the new Hagrid roller coaster at Universal Orlando's Harry Potter world," 11 June 2019 Sagittarians learn through experience, so once something sparks their interest, these celestial archers are ready to gallop (fittingly, the centaur is Sagittarius' mythological correspondence). Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018 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

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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