Origin of centaur
Related Words for centaurgiant, devil, freak, behemoth, horror, demon, beast, villain, whale, dragon, savage, mutant, titan, ogre, colossus, brute, barbarian, abnormality, mammoth, hellion
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Contemporary Examples of centaur
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.”
Historical Examples of centaur
So might a mortal look if some strange hap brought him face to face with a centaur.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
He was in the saddle in a flash, and sat there like a centaur.VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea
David Christie Murray
The colossal figure of the Centaur was plainly distinguishable.Dona Perfecta
B. Perez Galdos
It is older than Hippocrates, older than Chiron the Centaur.Medical Essays
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The first two laws are also ascribed to the centaur Cheiron.Familiar Quotations
Word Origin for centaur
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.