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Charon

[ kair-uhn, kar- ]
/ ˈkɛər ən, ˈkær- /
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noun
Classical Mythology. the ferryman who conveyed the souls of the dead across the Styx.
(usually used ironically) any ferryman.
Astronomy. the natural satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978.
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OTHER WORDS FROM Charon

Cha·ro·ni·an [kuh-roh-nee-uhn], /kəˈroʊ ni ən/, Cha·ron·ic [kuh-ron-ik], /kəˈrɒn ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Charon (1 of 2)

Charon1
/ (ˈkɛərən) /

noun
Greek myth the ferryman who brought the dead across the rivers Styx or Acheron to Hades

British Dictionary definitions for Charon (2 of 2)

Charon2
/ (ˈkɛərən) /

noun
the only known satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for Charon

Charon
[ kârən ]

The largest of Pluto's three moons. Charon is just over half Pluto's size and orbits it so closely that it was not discovered as a distinct body until 1978. Although Pluto is covered with methane ice, Charon appears to be covered with water ice.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for Charon

Charon
[ (kair-uhn) ]

In classical mythology, the boatman who carried the souls of the dead across the river Styx and into Hades, the underworld.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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