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[sen-tawr-uh s] /sɛnˈtɔr əs/
noun, genitive Centauri
[sen-tawr-ahy] /sɛnˈtɔr aɪ/ (Show IPA)
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The star α in Centaurus was long considered as the nearest of all stars.

    Lectures on Stellar Statistics Carl Vilhelm Ludvig Charlier
  • If he were on Earth, he would be certain it was the flu; in the Centaurus system, kranken.

    Bolden's Pets F. L. Wallace
  • Icarus will be brought back to this universe within Centaurus itself.

    The Variable Man Philip K. Dick
  • Now we can notify the fleet to prepare for the attack on Centaurus.

    The Variable Man Philip K. Dick
  • A good way of readily finding the Cross is to remember that there are two prominent stars in Centaurus that point directly to it.

    Under the Southern Cross Maturin M. Ballou
  • A laser-beam communication system was installed, so that Sol could keep in contact with the ship all the way to Centaurus.

    Subjectivity Norman Spinrad
  • In many regions its light is interrupted, especially in Centaurus, where a dark starless region exists, known as the "coal sack."

    Astronomy David Todd
  • This cluster and Omega Centauri, a globular star cluster in Centaurus, are the two nearest of all the globular clusters.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • Circinus, the Compass, is a very small constellation lying between Triangulum and Centaurus.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
British Dictionary definitions for Centaurus


noun (Latin genitive) Centauri (sɛnˈtɔːraɪ)
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 Centauri Also called The Centaur
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Centaurus in Science
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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