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Minotaur (ˈmɪnəˌtɔr Pronunciation for )



  1. (Greek mythology) a monster with the body of a man and the head of a bull (in some versions, with the body of a bull and the head of a man), confined by Minos in a labyrinth built by Daedalus, and annually fed seven youths and seven maidens from Athens, until killed by Theseus see also Pasiphaë

Word Origin

ME Minotaure < L Minotaurus < Gr Minōtauros < Minōs, Minos + tauros, a bull, akin to L taurus: see Taurus

Example Sentences Including 'Minotaur'

A giant robot Minotaur straddled the train platform, raising and lowering a golden double-bladed ax.
Greg Bear VITALS (2002)
He showed us the sound effects, we rode the Minotaur , paid our tips, and bought mementos: cans of blood, and bags of bones in pink glasses.
Exquisite Corpse (2001)
Their early games," Operation: Desert Storm" and " Minotaur ," sold about 2,500 copies each.
Seattle Times (2004)
The Mermaid and the Minotaur : Sexual Arrangements and Human Malaise.
Goshgarian, Gary Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)


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