In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a creature with the head of a bull on the body of a man or, as described by Roman poet Ovid, 'part man and part bull'. He dwelt at the center of the Cretan Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze-like construction designed by the architect Daedalus and his son Icarus, on the command of King Minos of Crete. The Minotaur was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. The term Minotaur derives from the Ancient Greek , a compound of the name (Minos) and the noun 'bull', translated as '(the) Bull of Minos'. In Crete, the Minotaur was known by its proper name, Asterion, a name shared with Minos' foster-father. 'Minotaur' was originally a proper noun in reference to this mythical figure.
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