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Callisto

[kuh-lis-toh]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. Astronomy. a large natural satellite of the planet Jupiter.
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Examples from the Web for callisto

Historical Examples

  • We happened to be but a million miles off Callisto and picked up their message.

    The Space Rover

    Edwin K. Sloat

  • There was a crowd awaiting his ship at the Callisto Spaceport.

    Medal of Honor

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • He ran into her, finally, after he'd been on Callisto for nearly eight months.

    Medal of Honor

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • The answer to that was—Negu Mah would not let her leave Callisto.

    The Indulgence of Negu Mah

    Robert Andrew Arthur

  • Maybe it had been a mistake to call Stutsman in from Callisto.

    Empire

    Clifford Donald Simak


British Dictionary definitions for callisto

Callisto1

noun
  1. 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
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Callisto2

noun
  1. 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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

callisto in Science

Callisto

[kə-lĭstō]
  1. 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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