any of a genus (Centaurium) of small plants of the gentian family, with flat clusters of red or rose flowers
Origin of centauryMiddle English centaurie ; from Medieval Latin centauria ; from Classical Latin centaureum ; from Classical Greek kentaureion ; from Kentauros, centaur: the centaur Chiron was said to have discovered medicinal properties of the plant
Any of several herbs of the genus Centaurium, especially a Eurasian species (C. erythraea) that has clusters of pink flowers and has long been used in herbal medicine.
Origin of centauryMiddle English, from Old English centaurie, from Latin centaur&emacron;um, from Greek kentaureion, from Kentauros, centaur (from the legend that the plant's medicinal properties were discovered by the centaur Chiron).
- Any of the flowering plants in the genus Centaurium.