Callisto

[ kuh-lis-toh ]
/ kəˈlɪs toʊ /
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noun

Also Kallisto. Classical Mythology. a nymph attendant on Artemis, punished for a love affair with Zeus by being changed into a bear and then transformed into stars as the constellation Ursa Major.
Astronomy. a large natural satellite of the planet Jupiter.

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British Dictionary definitions for callisto

Callisto

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/ (kəˈlɪstəʊ) /

noun

Greek myth a nymph who attracted the love of Zeus and was changed into a bear by Hera. Zeus then set her in the sky as the constellation Ursa Major

Callisto

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/ (kəˈlɪstəʊ) /

noun

the second largest (but faintest) of the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter, discovered in 1610 by Galileo. Approximate diameter: 4800 km; orbital radius: 1 883 000 kmSee also Galilean satellite
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Word Origin and History for callisto

Callisto

fourth moon of Jupiter; in classical mythology a nymph, mother of Arcas by Zeus, turned to a bear by Hera, from Greek kallistos, superlative of kalos "beautiful." Feminized as proper name Callista.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for callisto

Callisto

[ kə-lĭstō ]

One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter and the eighth in distance from the planet. Originally sighted by Galileo, it is the largest planetary satellite.
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