Origin of MinotaurMiddle English Minotaure from Classical Latin Minotaurus from Classical Greek Min?tauros from Min?s, Minos + tauros, a bull, akin to Classical Latin taurus: see Taurus
detail of a c. 515 bc Greek cup
- (Greek mythology) A monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man.
- Anything resembling the Greek monster, whether by appearance or by strength
From Ancient Greek ÎœÎ¹Î½ÏŽÏ„Î±Ï…ÏÎ¿Ï‚ (minÅtauros), from ÎœÎ¯Î½Ï‰Ï‚ (MinÅs, “king of Crete") + Ï„Î±á¿¦ÏÎ¿Ï‚ (taÃ»ros, “bull").