centaur

noun cen·taur \ ˈsen-ˌtȯr \
|Updated on: 30 May 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of centaur

Middle English, from Latin Centaurus, from Greek Kentauros

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CENTAUR Defined for English Language Learners

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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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centaur

noun cen·taur \ ˈsen-ˌtȯr \

Definition of centaur for Students

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


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