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[ik-er-uh s, ahy-ker-] /ˈɪk ər əs, ˈaɪ kər-/
Also, Ikaros. Classical Mythology. a youth who attempted to escape from Crete with wings of wax and feathers but flew so high that his wings melted from the heat of the sun, and he plunged to his death in the sea.
Astronomy. an asteroid whose eccentric orbit brings it closer to the sun than any other known asteroid. Unabridged
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  • For Icarus, these cautions went in at one ear and out by the other.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • From Icarus on down, levitation or its equivalent has been a favorite.

    Disowned Victor Endersby
  • Like Icarus on the sands he fell, Where lie all broken shafts of dream.

  • The death of Ddalus was represented, and also that of Icarus.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Naturally, nobody anywhere else thought of the Icarus any more.

    Nightmare Planet Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for Icarus


/ˈɪkərəs; ˈaɪ-/
(Greek myth) the son of Daedalus, with whom he escaped from Crete, flying with wings made of wax and feathers. Heedless of his father's warning he flew too near the sun, causing the wax to melt, and fell into the Aegean and drowned
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Word Origin and History for Icarus

son of Daedalus in Greek mythology; he flew too high on artificial wings and so plunged to his death. Used allusively from 1580s. The name is of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Icarus in Science
A small asteroid with a highly eccentric, Earth-crossing orbit that takes it to within 30 million km (19 million mi) of the Sun, or closer than the planet Mercury. In 1968 Icarus approached within 6 million km (4 million mi) of the Earth. See more at asteroid.
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Icarus in Culture
Icarus [(ik-uh-ruhs)]

In classical mythology, the son of Daedalus. Icarus died tragically while using artificial wings, invented by his father, to escape from the Labyrinth. When Icarus flew too close to the sun, it melted the wax that held the wings together, and he fell into the sea.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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