Centaury

Delicate pink flowers on a plant growing in a limestone quarry, in the family Gentianaceae

Centaurium erythraea

Centaury (Wiktionary)

English

Alternative forms

  • centaurea

Etymology

From Middle English centaure, from Old English centaurie, from Medieval Latin centaurēa, centauria, from Latin centaurēum, centaurion, from Ancient Greek κενταύρειον (kentaúreion, several plants related to Centaurea), from κένταυρος (kéntauros, centaur) (due to the mythological discovery of its medicinal properties by Chiron the Centaur).

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