That means Chariklo likely has one or more tiny shepherd moons itself, making the centaur a miniature solar system.
This position, along with its composition of rock and ice, marks Chariklo as a “centaur.”
He rode, she observed, like a centaur—flat-backed, firm in the saddle with the easy negligence of a plainsman.
He was in the saddle in a flash, and sat there like a centaur.
Next on the right is a Lapith armed with shield and helmet, who seems to be dragging the centaur by the hair.
In that rank he served on board the centaur, the flagship on the Brazilian station.
Another of the most beautiful, on account of its regularity, is that of the centaur (Fig. 22).
Sir, you must have ridden like a centaur, or like Alexander.
It reminds me of that centaur's tunic which could not be torn off without carrying away the flesh and blood of its wearer.
But after all the centaur, even if it existed, would not be a miracle, but a monstrosity.
late 14c., from Latin centaurus, from Greek Kentauros, origin disputed. In early Greek literature they were a savage, horse-riding tribe from Thessaly; later they were monsters half horse, half man. The southern constellation of Centaurus is attested in English from 1550s but was known by that name to the Romans and known as a centaur to the Greeks. It has often been confused since classical times with Sagittarius.
Any of a group of icy bodies similar to both asteroids and comets, orbiting the Sun in elliptical paths mostly in the region between Saturn and Neptune. Centaurs range in diameter from around 100 to 400 km (62 to 248 mi) and are believed to be Kuiper belt objects that have escaped into the vicinity of the gas-giant planets. Centaurs are considered to have unstable orbits, and gravitational encounters with the large outer planets could send them into the inner solar system or alternatively could eject them from the solar system into interstellar space. Chiron, the first such body to be classified as a Centaur, was discovered in 1977.