[sen-tawr-uh s]

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.

Origin of Centaurus

From Latin; see origin at centaur
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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

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 CentauriAlso called: The Centaur
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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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