Centaurus

[ sen-tawr-uh s ]
/ sɛnˈtɔr əs /

noun, genitive Cen·tau·ri [sen-tawr-ahy] /sɛnˈtɔr aɪ/.

Astronomy. the Centaur, a southern constellation between Lupus and Vela, containing the triple-star system Alpha Centauri.

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Origin of Centaurus

From Latin; see origin at centaur
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British Dictionary definitions for centauri

Centaurus
/ (sɛnˈtɔːrəs) /

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 CentauriAlso called: The Centaur
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Scientific definitions for centauri

Centaurus
[ sĕn-tôrəs ]

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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