- a savage race living between Pelion and Ossa, in Thessaly, and conceived of at length by Pindar as half men and half horses, treated as embodying the relation between the spiritual and the animal in man and nature, in all of whom the animal prevails over the spiritual except in Chiron, who therefore figures as the trainer of the heroes of Greece; in the mythology they figure as the progeny of Centaurus, son of IXION (q.v.) and the cloud, their mothers being mares.
The Nuttall Encyclopaedia. James Wood. 1907.
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cen·taur — /ˈsɛnˌtoɚ/ noun, pl taurs [count] : a creature in Greek mythology that is part human and part horse … Useful english dictionary