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 centaurēum 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.