hippocentaur


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hippocentaur

(ˌhɪpəʊˈsɛntɔː)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) another term for centaur
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Fables created for the purpose of explaining the nature of things tell of animals and natural events, both real and not, such that never existed (as, for example, Hippocentaur, who was depicted as half-human and half-horse).
Significantly for our present purposes, Lucian used the image of literary hippocentaur, stating (in Dryden's translation) 'that the Union of two contraries may as well produce a Monster as a Miracle; as a Centaur results from the Joint natures of Horse and Man'.
Accordingly, Plato had him announce that "I don't altogether envy the man who devotes himself to this sort of [interpretive] work, if only because, when he has [for example] finished with Oreithyia, he must then go on to put the Hippocentaurs into proper shape and, after them, the Chimaera.