[ 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM CharonCha·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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