noun, plural cen·tau·ries.
Origin of centaury
Examples from the Web for centaury
Mr. Farn recorded six or seven from Ryde in July, 1870; they were feeding on vine and centaury in a garden.The Moths of the British Isles, First Series|Richard South
Centaury, common in our fields, enjoyed a very early reputation.The Mystery and Romance of Alchemy and Pharmacy|Charles John Samuel Thompson
Wormwood and centaury, beaten up with aloes and colocynth, and applied over the belly.
British Dictionary definitions for centaury
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for centaury
Word Origin and History for centaury
small plant with red flowers (now usually erythraea Centaureum), late 14c., from Medieval Latin centaurea, from Latin centaureum, from Greek kentaureion, from kentauros "centaur" (see centaur), so called according to Pliny because the plant's medicinal properties were discovered by Chiron the centaur.
German Tausendgüldenkraut is based on a mistranslation of the Latin word, as if from centum + aurum (the similarity might be the result of Roman folk etymology).