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

Examples of centaury in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Centaury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centaury. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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