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Centaurus

[sen-tawr-uh s]
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noun, genitive Cen·tau·ri [sen-tawr-ahy] /sɛnˈtɔr aɪ/.
  1. Astronomy. the Centaur, a southern constellation between Lupus and Vela, containing the triple-star system Alpha Centauri.

Origin of Centaurus

From Latin; see origin at centaur
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Examples from the Web for centauri

Historical Examples

  • I say it must be a pretty important appointment you have on Centauri.

    Equation of Doom

    Gerald Vance

  • Latitude by Centauri and Arcturus 15 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds.

  • Latitude by b Centauri, a Centauri and Arcturus 15 degrees 33 minutes 13 seconds.

  • As the beard disappeared, he considered the deals he had come to Centauri to put through.

    Satellite System

    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • It would be another five days before he reached the inhabited moons of Centauri VI.

    Satellite System

    Horace Brown Fyfe


British Dictionary definitions for centauri

Centaurus

noun Latin genitive Centauri (sɛnˈtɔːraɪ)
  1. a conspicuous extensive constellation in the S hemisphere, close to the Southern Cross, that contains two first magnitude stars, Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri, and the globular cluster Omega CentauriAlso called: The Centaur
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centauri in Science

Centaurus

[sĕn-tôrəs]
  1. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near the Southern Cross and Libra. Centaurus (the Centaur) contains Alpha Centauri, the star nearest Earth.
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