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Centaur - horse body, additional human torso, human head.

Minotaur - human body, bovine head.

I'm looking for a word for a creature with the head/neck of a horse and the body of a normal human. I keep thinking of constructions like "equitaur" or "minoquus", but nothing validating comes up when I search for them.

Any ideas? Something crafted anew would be fine, as long as it's sensible.

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    You can’t really use those two as a basis for a new word, because that’s not what they mean. Centaur comes from old name the Greeks had for a horse-riding tribe of people (only later did it become a mythical half-man/half-horse creature), while Minotaur is made up of Minos, the king of Crete and the husband of Pasiphaë who gave birth to the Minotaur, and tauros ‘bull’. Even though they look the same, the two words are probably quite unrelated, and no part of centaur actually means ‘horse’. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 6 '18 at 19:41
  • An equitaur (or equotaur, which would be more expected) would presumably be half-horse/half-bull, and a minequus would be a horse related to King Minos. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 6 '18 at 19:45
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    They don't exist in folk tales, so there's no demand for a name for them. Make one up and force people to use it. – John Lawler Mar 6 '18 at 19:51
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    Hippocephalus? – StoneyB on hiatus Mar 6 '18 at 21:15
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    Ruatnec, obviously! – Hot Licks May 4 at 21:02
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That's called Ipotane.

Ipotane

Ipotane — Google


Ipotane:

In Greek mythology, an ipotane was a member of a race of half-horse, half-humans. The ipotanes are considered the original version of the centaur.

Wikipedia


Or reverse-centaur (1, 2) as suggested by Greybeard

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Hayagriva: Hayagriva, also spelt Hayagreeva (IAST: hayagrīva, literally 'Horse-neck'), is a horse-headed avatar of the Lord Vishnu in Hinduism.

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Hayagriva — Wikipedia

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According to Wiki, there are these specific named gods:

Indian: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayagriva

Chinese: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ox-Head_and_Horse-Face

The closest I saw was supposedly a half-horse/half-human 'kinnara' from Indian mythology, but it had no sources and none of the art in the main article depicts anything like this. I am disinclined to believe it to be factual.

I am not certain if a creature beyond a specific god was ever made in any mythology. As such, if you need the word in a creative project, having your created word following the etymology of any other mythical creatures that feature in the project could be one way to go about naming it.

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Apparently, Tikbalang. In Filipino folklore. Western mythos doesn't seem to have one.... but the Philippines does.

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How about horseman? There's an animated series on Netflix called Bojack Horseman, and the main character is indeed a man with a horse's head. The word also has the benefit of being easy to understand without use of Classical Mythology, or classical languages.

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