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Minotaur (ˈmɪnəˌtɔr Pronunciation for )

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noun

  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)

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