What is centaur?

  • (noun): A conspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere near the Southern Cross.
    Synonyms: Centaurus, The Centaur
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In Greek mythology, a centaur (from Ancient Greek: Κένταυρος, Kéntauros) or hippocentaur is a member of a composite race of creatures, part human and part horse. In early Attic and Boeotian vase-paintings (see below), they are depicted with the hindquarters of a horse attached to them; in later renderings centaurs are given the torso of a human joined at the waist to the horse's withers, where the horse's neck would be.

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Centaur Press
... Centaur Press, later renamed Centaur Books, was a New York-based small publisher active from the late 1960s through 1981 ... for its "Time-Lost Series." Authors whose works were returned to print by Centaur Press include Robert E ... Centaur's output was small, generally on the order of one to three books a year ...
Centaur - Gallery
... lekythos (500 BC) Botticelli, Pallas and Centaur (1482-83) Antonio Canova, Theseus Defeats the Centaur (1805-1819) Prince Bova fights Polkan, Russian lubok (1860) ...
Sintar - Persistence in The Medieval World
... Centaurs preserved a Dionysian connection in the 12th century Romanesque carved capitals of Mozac Abbey in the Auvergne, where other capitals depict harvesters, boys riding goats (a further Dionysiac theme) and ... Centaurs are shown on a number of Pictish carved stones from north-east Scotland, erected in the 8th–9th centuries AD (e.g ... Ages it relates Anthony's encounter with a centaur, who challenged the saint but was forced to admit that the old gods had been overthrown ...
Sintar - Modern Day
... Hodges library at The University of Tennessee hosts a permanent exhibit of a "Centaur from Volos", in its library ... the skeleton of a Shetland pony is entitled "Do you believe in Centaurs?" and was meant to mislead students in order to make them more critically aware, according ... The full-mount skeleton of a Centaur, built by Skulls Unlimited International, is on display, along with several other fabled creatures, including the ...
Atlas G
... The Atlas G, also known as Atlas G Centaur-D1AR was an American expendable launch system derived from the Atlas-Centaur ... The first stage was derived from the SM-65 Atlas missile, and a Centaur was used as the second stage ... The first stage was also flown without the Centaur, as the Atlas H ...

More definitions of "centaur":

  • (noun): (classical mythology) a mythical being that is half man and half horse.

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