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CENTAUR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Centaur mean? 

CENTAUR (noun)
  The noun CENTAUR has 2 senses:

1. (classical mythology) a mythical being that is half man and half horse
2. a conspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere near the Southern Cross

  Familiarity information: CENTAUR used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CENTAUR (noun)


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Meaning:

(classical mythology) a mythical being that is half man and half horse

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("centaur" is a kind of...):

mythical creature; mythical monster (a monster renowned in folklore and myth)

Domain category:

classical mythology (the system of mythology of the Greeks and Romans together; much of Roman mythology (especially the gods) was borrowed from the Greeks)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "centaur"):

Chiron ((Greek mythology) the learned centaur who tutored Achilles, Asclepius, Hercules, Jason, and other heroes)


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Meaning:

A conspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere near the Southern Cross

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

Centaurus; Centaur

Instance hypernyms:

constellation (a configuration of stars as seen from the earth)

Meronyms (members of "Centaur"):

Alpha Centauri; Rigil; Rigil Kent (brightest star in Centaurus; second nearest star to the sun)

Beta Centauri (the second brightest star in Centaurus)

Omega Centauri (a global cluster in the constellation Centaurus)

Proxima; Proxima Centauri (the nearest star to the sun; distance: 4.3 light years)


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