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n. Greek Mythology
The wise centaur who tutored Achilles, Hercules, and Asclepius.
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Chiron(ˈkaɪrɒn; -rən) or
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a wise and kind centaur who taught many great heroes in their youth, including Achilles, Actaeon, and Jason
2. (Celestial Objects) a minor planet, discovered by Charles Kowal in 1977, revolving round the sun between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus
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1. a wise and beneficent centaur, teacher of Achilles, Asclepius, and others.
2. a large comet discovered in 1977.
[< Latin < Greek cheirṓn]
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|Noun||1.||Chiron - (Greek mythology) the learned centaur who tutored Achilles, Asclepius, Hercules, Jason, and other heroes|
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
centaur - (classical mythology) a mythical being that is half man and half horse
|2.||Chiron - an asteroid discovered in 1977; it is unique in having an orbit lying mainly between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus|
asteroid - any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter)
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