centaury

noun
cen·​tau·​ry | \ ˈsen-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce centaury (audio) \
plural centauries

Definition of centaury

: 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

First Known Use of centaury

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for centaury

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

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

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“Centaury.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centaury. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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