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- n. Plural form of hippocentaur.
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It was Kentauros's mating with the Magnesian mares that produced the race of hippocentaurs, the half-horse, half-humans known today simply as centaurs.
This is too plainly proved to be denied: But how are poetical fictions, how are hippocentaurs and chimeras, or how are angels and immaterial substances to be imaged; which, some of them, are things quite out of nature; others, such whereof we can have no notion?
So hippocentaurs were imaged, by joining the natures of a man and horse together; as Lucretius tells us, who has used this word of
a horse and the foreparts of a man, like the hippocentaurs.
We are in their eyes like hippocentaurs, except that we are part of a tortoise instead of part of a horse, or else they take us for a parasite or fibrous growth on the shell. "