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This week's theme: words derived from the names of mythical creatures.
centaur (SEN-tor) noun
1. An expert horse rider.
2. An unnatural creation made of disparate entities.
[After Centaur, a race of monsters having the torso of a human and lower body of a horse. Also, early Greek literature depicted Centaurs as a tribe from Thessaly whose members were skilled horse riders.]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"When Claire is on a horse, she loses her limp and is in charge of the universe, a centaur." Michael Ondaatje; Divisadero; Knopf; 2007.
Many are concerned about the monuments of the West and the East- to know who built them. For my part, I should like to know who in those days did not build them- who were above such trifling. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)
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