Origin of Minotaur
Examples from the Web for minotaur
Instead of a man skiing in one and a cowboy riding a bull in the other, the two actually represent the images of the Minotaur.'The Shining': The Craziest Theories Behind the Film|Jean Trinh|March 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Like the Minotaur in his labyrinth, you set up a maze others must work through to get to the true you.
I have a vivid recollection of a visit to the Minotaur when a boy.The British Navy Book|Cyril Field
A friend in need is a friend indeed: never was it better applied than to the Minotaur.The Admiral|Douglas Sladen
The prelates of the Roman Curia were "tricky as foxes, proud as bulls, greedy and insatiable as the Minotaur."A Short History of Italy|Henry Dwight Sedgwick
Dartin a furious look at me, no unlike what a person might fancy o' the minotaur, he flew oot o' the hoose.Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. XX|Alexander Leighton
At that moment he saw the minotaur thing, with its teeth and claws, heard the shuddering voice of it.The Way of Ambition|Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for minotaur
Word Origin for Minotaur
Word Origin and History for minotaur
late 14c., from Greek minotauros, from Minos, king of Crete + tauros "bull" (see Taurus). A flesh-eating monster, half man half bull, son of Pasiphae (wife of Minos) by a bull.
Culture definitions for minotaur
In classical mythology, a monster, half man and half bull. The Minotaur was born to the queen of Crete, Pasiphaë, after she mated with a sacred bull. The king Minos, to hide his shame, had Daedalus construct the Labyrinth in which to hide the monster. Minos then forced the Athenians to send as tribute fourteen of their young people, seven men and seven women, to be locked in the Labyrinth for the Minotaur to eat. To stop the slaughter, the hero Theseus volunteered to enter the Labyrinth and fight the Minotaur. On the instructions of the king's daughter, Theseus brought in a ball of thread, which he unwound as he went through. He found the Minotaur, killed it, and then used the thread to find his way out of the maze.