- Classical Mythology. a wise and beneficent centaur, teacher of Achilles, Asclepius, and others.
- Astronomy. an asteroid located between Saturn and Uranus, about 100 miles (160 km) in diameter: discovered in 1977.
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The first two laws are also ascribed to the centaur Cheiron.Familiar Quotations
But he never forgot his boyhood's happy days, nor all that Cheiron had done for him.
And she put thy hand in my hand, and said: 'Cheiron, make a man of my son.
When Cheiron knew that his power had come back to him he was glad.
But his answer was a dark saying to them, and not one of them understood it, save Cheiron.
- a variant spelling of Chiron
- Greek myth a wise and kind centaur who taught many great heroes in their youth, including Achilles, Actaeon, and Jason
- a minor planet, discovered by Charles Kowal in 1977, revolving round the sun between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus
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Word Origin and History for cheiron
wisest of the centaurs, from Latin Chiron, from Greek Kheiron, of unknown origin; Klein compares Greek kheirourgos "surgeon."
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- A large cometlike body with an orbit mostly between Saturn and Uranus. Discovered in 1977, Chiron was originally identified as an asteroid, but it has since been reclassified as a Centaur. Like a comet, Chiron has been observed to display a nebulous coma in its closest approach to the Sun, but at approximately 200 km (124 mi) in diameter it is far larger than any other known comet. See more at Centaur.
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