Origin of centaur
Examples from the Web for 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.”
Charles Gould, to use the suitably lofty phrase, rode like a centaur.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard|Joseph Conrad
In that rank he served on board the Centaur, the flagship on the Brazilian station.Our Sailors|W.H.G. Kingston
She had latterly been thinking of Alvan's rejection of the part of centaur; and his phrase, the quadruped man, breathed meaning.The Tragic Comedians, Complete|George Meredith
The Centaur is rearing up; he grasps the woman between his forelegs.
He rode like a Centaur, as if he were a part of the horse, as easily and gracefully as a chip does the waves.A Daughter of the Dons|William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for centaur
Word Origin for centaur
Word Origin and History 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.