Definition of centaury in English:

centaury

Syllabification: cen·tau·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈsenˌtôrē
 
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noun (plural centauries)

  • A widely distributed herbaceous plant of the gentian family, typically having pink petals atop long calyx tubes.
    • Centaurium and related genera, family Gentianaceae: many species, including the wild C. pulchellum and the cultivated ornamental C. scilloides
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    • Centaury varies a great deal according to) its situation, and some botanists enumerate several distinct species.
    • The leaves, stems, and flowers of centaury are used medicinally.
    • The mythical centaur Chironia, cured a poison arrow wound with centaury, hence its name.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin centaurea, based on Greek kentauros 'centaur' (because its medicinal properties were said to have been discovered by the centaur Chiron).

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