Definition of Minotaur

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) a mythical monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man; slain by Theseus.

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Mythical Creature, Mythical Monster

Definition of Minotaur

1. n. A fabled monster, half man and half bull, confined in the labyrinth constructed by Dædalus in Crete.

Definition of Minotaur

1. Proper noun. A fictional creature, half man and half bull. ¹

2. Proper noun. (Greek mythology with "the") A minotaur, half man and half bull, who dwelled in the labyrinth in Crete and who was killed by Theseus. ¹

3. Noun. A monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man. ¹

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Medical Definition of Minotaur

1. A fabled monster, half man and half bull, confined in the labyrinth constructed by Daedalus in Crete. Origin: L. Minotaurus, Gr.; Minos, the husband of Pasiphae + tay^ros a bull, the Minotaur being the offspring of Pasiphae and a bull: cf. F. Minotaure. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Minotaur

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1. The Pantheon: Or, Ancient History of the Gods of Greece and Rome. For the by William Godwin (1814)
"OF MINOS AND THE minotaur. Minos, the Son of Jupiter and Europa, is chosen King of ... Athenians thrown to the minotaur to be devoured.—Nisus and Scylla. ..."

2. A Description of the Collection of Ancient Marbles in the British Museum by Taylor Combe, Edward Hawkins, Charles Robert Cockerell, Samuel Birch (1861)
"BAS-RELIEF OF THESEUS AND minotaur. A fragment of a bas-relief, ... The destruction of the minotaur is a common subject in ancient art, and, according to ..."

3. The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal by Stephen Denison Peet (1902)
"Some seals and impressions of seals were discovered, of which, several bear the representation of a man with a bub's head, clearly the minotaur. ..."

4. Catalogue of the Greek Coins of Crete and the Aegean Islands by British Museum Dept. of Coins and Medals, Reginald Stuart Poole (1886)
"The minotaur Europa receive full illustration on the coins of and Europa Cnossus ... 5), is an almost constant type at Cnossus, and the minotaur frequently ..."

5. The New York Times Current History (1917)
"[French Cartoon] The Modern minotaur V—© Le Rire, Paris. " If Germania, the minotaur, breather of fire and ..."

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