Chiron

or Chei·ron

[kahy-ron]
noun
  1. Classical Mythology. a wise and beneficent centaur, teacher of Achilles, Asclepius, and others.
  2. Astronomy. an asteroid located between Saturn and Uranus, about 100 miles (160 km) in diameter: discovered in 1977.
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Contemporary Examples of chiron

  • TAURUS With the Sun releasing its hold on Chiron, you may long for emotional healing.

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    The Stars Predict Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    October 29, 2011

  • And an emotional purge is in order, as ruler Mercury enters Sagittarius squaring Chiron and trining Mars.

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    The Stars Predict Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    October 29, 2011

  • CAPRICORN Communication is likely to break down this week with Mars opposing a battle-worn Chiron in Pisces.

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    The Stars Predict Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    October 22, 2011

  • PISCES Venus and Mercury, trine the healer Chiron, in Pisces, are fast at work pulling your guard down.

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    The Stars Predict Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    October 15, 2011

  • Unaspected Mercury can make you a loose cannon in group settings, until Friday, when it opposes Chiron.

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    Your Week: What the Stars Predict

    Starsky + Cox

    August 28, 2011

Historical Examples of chiron


British Dictionary definitions for chiron

Chiron

Cheiron

noun
  1. Greek myth a wise and kind centaur who taught many great heroes in their youth, including Achilles, Actaeon, and Jason
  2. a minor planet, discovered by Charles Kowal in 1977, revolving round the sun between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus
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Word Origin and History for chiron

Chiron

wisest of the centaurs, from Latin Chiron, from Greek Kheiron, of unknown origin; Klein compares Greek kheirourgos "surgeon."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

chiron in Science

Chiron

[kīrŏn′]
  1. A large cometlike body with an orbit mostly between Saturn and Uranus. Discovered in 1977, Chiron was originally identified as an asteroid, but it has since been reclassified as a Centaur. Like a comet, Chiron has been observed to display a nebulous coma in its closest approach to the Sun, but at approximately 200 km (124 mi) in diameter it is far larger than any other known comet. See more at Centaur.
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