- Astronomy. the Bull, a zodiacal constellation between Gemini and Aries, containing the bright star Aldebaran.
- 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
- a mountain range in S Turkey: highest peak, 12,251 feet (3734 meters).
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
December 22, 2014
HL Tauri is about 450 light-years away in the constellation of Taurus.The Most Stunning View Ever of Planets Being Born
Matthew R. Francis
November 9, 2014
Jimmy Page almost certainly heard “Taurus” in person, if not on record, long before he composed “Stairway to Heaven.”Did Led Zeppelin Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’?
May 25, 2014
In the papers, Sigg reported that she owned a .9 mm Glock, a 380 Taurus Pistol, and three rifles.Arrest Made in Jessica Ridgeway’s Murder
October 24, 2012
Taurus longs for emotional healing, Virgo gets compulsive, and Capricorn trusts his instinct.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 29, 2011
Aldebaran swung on the pendant chain of Taurus like a giant ruby.The Colors of Space
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Taurus Antinor descended these and knocked boldly on the door.
But this spectacle Taurus Antinor was not like to give them.
Taurus Antinor had listened quite patiently to Menecreta's tale.
It was Taurus Antinor who received the swooning Cæsar in his strong arms.
- astronomy a zodiacal constellation in the N hemisphere lying close to Orion and between Aries and Gemini. It contains the star Aldebaran, the star clusters Hyades and Pleiades, and the Crab Nebula
- Also called: the Bullthe 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
- born under or characteristic of 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]
- A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Orion and Aries. Taurus (the Bull) contains the bright star Aldebaran and the grouping known as the Pleiades. It is the second sign of the zodiac.