E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Centaur (2 syl.).
A huntsman. The Thessalian centaurs were half-horses, half-men. They were invited to a marriage feast, and, being intoxicated, behaved with great rudeness to the women. The Lapithæ took the womens part, fell on the centaurs, and drove them out of the country.