Definition of Minotaur noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmaɪnətɔː(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪnətɔːr//
; BrE BrE//ˈmɪnətɔː(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnətɔːr//
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(in ancient Greek stories) an imaginary creature who was half man and half bull Word Originfrom Old French, via Latin from Greek Minōtauros, from Minōs + tauros ‘bull’. Minos is a legendary king of Crete in Greek mythology, whose wife gave birth to the Minotaur. He received tribute from Athens in the form of young people to be eaten by the Minotaur.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Minotaur