noun cen·tau·ry \ˈsen-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of centaury



  1. :  any of a genus (Centaurium) of low herbs of the gentian family; especially :  an Old World herb (C. crythraea synonym C. umbellatum) that produces pink flowers and is used in herbal medicine

Origin and Etymology of centaury

Middle English centaure, from Anglo-French centorie, from Medieval Latin centaurea, from Latin centaureum, from Greek kentaureion, from Kentauros

First Known Use: before 12th century

Learn More about centaury

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up centaury? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).