noun, genitive Tau·ri [tawr-ahy] /ˈtɔr aɪ/ for 1.
- the second sign of the zodiac: the fixed earth sign.
- a person born under this sign, usually between April 20th and May 20th.
Origin of Taurus1
Definition for taurus (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for taurus
Brinsley stepped up to the passenger side of the patrol car, raised a silver Taurus semi-automatic pistol and began firing.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
HL Tauri is about 450 light-years away in the constellation of Taurus.
Jimmy Page almost certainly heard “Taurus” in person, if not on record, long before he composed “Stairway to Heaven.”
In the papers, Sigg reported that she owned a .9 mm Glock, a 380 Taurus Pistol, and three rifles.
Taurus longs for emotional healing, Virgo gets compulsive, and Capricorn trusts his instinct.
But Taurus Antinor paid no heed to the roughness and inaccessibility of the road."Unto Caesar"|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The second form of this word is familiar to us in the Latin word "taurus," and the English "steer."Bible Animals;|J. G. Wood
Near the top of the Taurus we passed fittings for an aeroplane in huge cases that had come all the way from Germany.The Secrets of a Kuttite|Edward O. Mousley
On April 18 the sun was in the 6th degree of Taurus at that date, as we again learn from Chaucer's treatise.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
It was the sixth day after leaving Konia, and we were in full view of the Taurus Mountains.By Desert Ways to Baghdad|Louisa Jebb
British Dictionary definitions for taurus
noun Latin genitive Tauri (ˈtɔːraɪ)
- Also called: the Bull the second sign of the zodiac, symbol ♉, having a fixed earth classification and ruled by the planet Venus. The sun is in this sign between about April 20 and May 20
- a person born when the sun is in this sign
Word Origin for Taurus
Word Origin and History for taurus
zodiac constellation, late Old English, from Latin taurus "bull, bullock, steer," from PIE *tauro- "bull" (cf. Greek tauros, Old Church Slavonic turu "bull, steer;" Lithuanian tauras "aurochs;" Old Prussian tauris "bison"); often said to be from PIE *steu-ro- "be big, be strong, be sturdy" (cf. Sanskrit sthura- "thick, compact," Avestan staora- "big cattle," Middle Persian stor "horse, draft animal," Gothic stiur "young bull," Old English steor, see steer (n.)).
Klein proposes a Semitic origin (cf. Aramaic tora "ox, bull, steer," Hebrew shor, Arabic thor, Ethiopian sor). Meaning "person born under the sign of the bull" is recorded from 1901. Hence also tauromachy "bull-fighting," from Greek tauromakhia (see -machy).
What form great Jove would next devise,
And when his godship would again Taurise?
[William Somerville, 1727]