centaurs would grow comet-like tails if they fell closer toward the Sun.
The other centaurs, following his example, each endeavoured to capture a maiden.
Swift no doubt took his idea of the men-horses from centaurs.
Once they rode like centaurs; now, with one or two exceptions, they rode like sacks or racks.
Standing quite upright in the stirrups they looked like centaurs.
The centaurs were mythical creatures which inhabited Thessaly.
It was as if the Lapith and centaurs had got together by the ears.
He was present at the famous battle between the Lapithae and the centaurs, and took a leading part in the Trojan war.
There also is the hill Taphiassus, on which is the monument of Nessus, and of the other centaurs.
Nymphs and centaurs, singers and buffoons, drank choice wine from golden goblets.
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.
Creatures in classical mythology who were half-human and half-horse. (See photo, next page.)