American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of various plants, chiefly of the knapweed, Centaurea nigra. The greater centaury of the old herbals was a gentianaceous plant, Chlora perfoliata, and the lesser centaury was Erythræa Centaurium. In the United States the name is given to species of the genus Sabbatia.
- n. Any of the flowering plants in the genus Centaurium.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A gentianaceous plant not fully identified. The name is usually given to the Erytheræa Centaurium and the Chlora perfoliata of Europe, but is also extended to the whole genus Sabbatia, and even to the unrelated Centaurea.
- n. any plant of the genus Centaurea
- n. any of various plants of the genus Centaurium
- Middle 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). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Even in the really bright pink flowers such as rosebay willowherb, blue sneaks in to add a trace of purple as it does in wild thyme and centaury.”
“Time is the most valuable things in the twenty first centaury no doubt.”
“A solitary stem of pink flowering centaury, woven into a sprig of heather still in bloom, presents a visual puzzle.”
“The fact that Israel has been under constant attack from anti-Semitic Muslim Arabs for over half a centaury is obviously seen by the BBC as well deserved.”
“Mohammad is perfect- that requires them to believe the earth is flat, the sky is a bowl held up by pillers, etc (they do become competent engineers in spite of such unscientific Islamic beliefs) or believe Islamic medicine is infallible because Mohammad said black cumin cures every disease except death (and other 7 centaury medical knowledge had not prevented Muslims to become competent with western medicine.)”
“As 20th centaury history tells us, twice allowing the placators inatialy to get their way has resulted in disaster on global proportions.”
“But these are very gentle; alyppus, dragon root, centaury, ditany, colutea, which Fuchsius cap. 168 and others take for senna, but most distinguish.”
“Use of pennyroyal, wormwood, centaury sod, which alone hath cured many.”
“Wormwood, centaury, pennyroyal, are likewise magnified and much prescribed (as I shall after show), especially in hypochondriac melancholy, daily to be used, sod in whey: and as Ruffus Ephesias,”
“ These were plants that I had brought with me from the modern world when I first came to this centaury.”
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