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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Centaur  \Cen"taur\,  n.  [L.  centaurus,  Gr  ?.] 
  1.  (Class.  Myth.)  A  fabulous  being  represented  as  half  man 
  and  half  horse. 
 
  2.  (Astron.)  A  constellation  in  the  southern  heavens  between 
  Hydra  and  the  Southern  Cross. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  centaur 
  n  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  [syn:  {Centaurus},  {Centaur},  {The 
  Centaur}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CENTAUR,  n.  One  of  a  race  of  persons  who  lived  before  the  division  of 
  labor  had  been  carried  to  such  a  pitch  of  differentiation,  and  who 
  followed  the  primitive  economic  maxim,  "Every  man  his  own  horse."  The 
  best  of  the  lot  was  Chiron,  who  to  the  wisdom  and  virtues  of  the  horse 
  added  the  fleetness  of  man.  The  scripture  story  of  the  head  of  John 
  the  Baptist  on  a  charger  shows  that  pagan  myths  have  somewhat 
  sophisticated  sacred  history. 
 
 




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