• WordNet 3.6
    • n Minotaur (Greek mythology) a mythical monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man; slain by Theseus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Minotaur (Class. Myth) A fabled monster, half man and half bull, confined in the labyrinth constructed by Dædalus in Crete.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Minotaur In Greek myth, a monster represented as having a human body and the head of a bull, who was the offspring of Pasiphaë, wife of Minos, and a bull sent by Poseidon. He was confined in the Cretan labyrinth and fed with human flesh, devoured the seven youths and seven maidens whom Minos compelled the Athenians to send him periodically as tribute, and was killed by the hero Theseus, a member of the last company so sent, who escaped from the labyrinth by the aid of Ariadne, daughter of Minos. Hence, in modern literature, the name is used to characterize any devouring or destroying agency of which the action is in some way comparable to that attributed to the Cretan monster.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Minotaur min′o-tawr the bull of Minos, a fabulous monster, half-man, half-bull.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Minotaurus, Gr. Minw`tayros; Mi`nos, the husband of Pasiphaë + tay^ros a bull, the Minotaur being the offspring of Pasiphaë and a bull: cf. F. minotaure,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr., prob. from Minos, king of Crete, taurus, a bull.


In literature:

The same Minotaur has served for us since the time of Menelaus.
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
Minotaur (min'-o-tawr), 212, 262.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
Oh, for a Theseus to hunt down this Minotaur of false standards and wretched ideas of success!
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
These were thrown as food to a terrible monster, the Minotaur.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
The subject chosen for the group was Theseus vanquishing the Minotaur, and the size was to be colossal.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
In this intricate puzzle of a building the Minotaur was confined.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
MINOTAUR, Subsector 2-D: No.
"Concordance" by Ann Wilson
So if the Minotaur persists in demanding the maiden, she must be thrown to him.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
More Minotaurs to slay!
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Among the later works of Canova are the colossal group of Theseus Killing the Minotaur, a Paris, and a Hector.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson

In poetry:

Now, Ignacio the well born lies on the stone.
All is finished. What is happening! Contemplate his face:
death has covered him with pale sulphur
and has place on him the head of dark Minotaur.
"Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" by Federico Garcia Lorca
O gentlest love, I have not played
For you upon the lute of jade;
Nor on that fabulous bassoon
Wrought from the horns of minotaurs,
And set with subtly changing spars
And lucid metals of the moon—
"Apologia" by Clark Ashton Smith
Know you the gulfs within?
The larvae, the minotaurs of labyrinths undared?
The somber foam of seas by cryptic sirens shared?
The pestilence and sin
Borne by the flapping shroud of liches met within?
"Interrogation" by Clark Ashton Smith
Sometimes I am glimpsed by poets
Whose eyes have not been blinded
By the hell-bright lamps of cities,
Who have not sent their souls
To be devoured by robot minotaurs
In the infamous Labyrinths of steel and mortar.
"The Centaur" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

Michael Allen Dymmoch, Author Minotaur Books $15.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-312-19245-7.
Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs likens former BYU tight end Dennis Pitta to 'unicorn, minotaur '.
The Historic Old Church presents Stravinsky vs The Minotaur and other works Modere Concert & Fundraiser with Denise Dillenbeck, violin and Nikolas Caoile, piano.
Celebrate Halloween with the premiere of Super Minotaur 's "Werewolf".
Chicago-based garage trio Super Minotaur is prepping the Hawaii Pee EP (get it?
Minotaur rocket soars into sky behind Capitol (By author) I went out for the rocket launch last evening with the idea of capturing the Capitol Building and the Minotaur rocket carrying an imagiing satellite for the US military.
The Archaeologist as Minotaur .
Pixies Getting Reissue Treatment With ' Minotaur ' Box Sets.
The Rise of the Minotaur .
Edward Bunker's gritty prison novel, THE ANIMAL FACTORY (St. Martin's Minotaur, paper, $11.95), originally published in 1977, rings with an unsurprising authenticity.
David Storey , "Minotaur Jr.", 2011, oil on linen.
Charlaine Harris, Author Minotaur Books $23.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-312-26228-0.
The Doolittle Tour will coincide with the release of the ultimate Pixies collector's set, "Minotaur," which went on sale in early November.
Richard Florida vs the Minotaurs.
The making of a minotaur.