Meaning of Nessus

Nes•sus

Pronunciation: (nes'us), [key]
— n. Class. Myth.
  1. a centaur who, on attempting to seduce Deianira, the wife of Hercules, was shot by Hercules with a poisoned arrow. Before Nessus died, he gave to Deianira the poisoned tunic that ultimately caused Hercules' death.
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