[ kair-uh n, kar- ]
/ ˈkɛər ən, ˈkær- /
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.
Related formsCha·ro·ni·an [kuh-roh-nee-uh n] /kəˈroʊ ni ən/, Cha·ron·ic [kuh-ron-ik] /kəˈrɒn ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for charonic (1 of 2)
/ (ˈkɛərən) /
Greek myth the ferryman who brought the dead across the rivers Styx or Acheron to Hades
British Dictionary definitions for charonic (2 of 2)
/ (ˈkɛərən) /
the only known satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978
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Science definitions for charonic
[ kâr′ən ]
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.
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Culture definitions for charonic
[ (kair-uhn) ]
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