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 (fā′ə-thŏn′, -thən)
n. Greek Mythology
A son of the sun god Helios who was killed by Zeus while trying to drive his father's chariot across the sky.

[Latin Phaëtōn, Phaëthōn, from Greek Phaethōn, from phaethōn, present participle of phaethein, to shine; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]


(Celestial Objects) an asteroid (6.9 km in diameter) that has an orbit approaching close to the sun and releases fragments of dust that enter the earth's atmosphere as meteors


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the son of Helios (the sun god) who borrowed his father's chariot and nearly set the earth on fire by approaching too close to it. Zeus averted the catastrophe by striking him down with a thunderbolt


(ˈfeɪ ə θən, -ˌθɒn)

(in Greek myth) a son of Helios who borrowed the chariot of the sun, but could not control its course and was killed by Zeus to prevent the earth from catching fire.
[< Greek Phaéthōn, n. use of present participle of phaéthein to shine]
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Noun1.Phaethon - (Greek mythology) son of Helios; killed when trying to drive his father's chariot and came too close to earth
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
2.Phaethon - type genus of the Phaethontidae
bird genus - a genus of birds
boatswain bird, tropic bird, tropicbird - mostly white web-footed tropical seabird often found far from land
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It was Phaethon who drove them to Fiesole that memorable day, a youth all irresponsibility and fire, recklessly urging his master's horses up the stony hill.
Phaethon, who for some time had been endeavouring to kiss Persephone, had just succeeded.
Indeed they would have gone on indulging their sorrow till rosy-fingered morn appeared, had not Minerva determined otherwise, and held night back in the far west, while she would not suffer Dawn to leave Oceanus, nor to yoke the two steeds Lampus and Phaethon that bear her onward to break the day upon mankind.
And to Cephalus she bare a splendid son, strong Phaethon, a man like the gods, whom, when he was a young boy in the tender flower of glorious youth with childish thoughts, laughter-loving Aphrodite seized and caught up and made a keeper of her shrine by night, a divine spirit.
In the second, Ignition & Eclipse, narrated by Aimee-Ffion Edwards, the foolhardy Phaethon insists on driving his father Phoebus's fiery chariot - the sun - to prove he's his divine son.
The remains of five Greek nationals who died in August 1964 while on board the patrol boat Phaethon at Tyllirias when it was bombed by Turkey, were handed over to Greece's Alternate Minister of Defence Dimitris Vitsas at a special ceremony in Nicosia on Tuesday.
com/NAICobservatory/status/944592458230484992) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico used its radio telescope to keep an eye on asteroid 3200 Phaethon during its close approach to the planet, creating radar images that revealed new features of the space rock.
the Company), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Phaethon International Company AG, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Erato.
With a diameter of about 3 miles, the asteroid is named 3200 Phaethon after the Greek demi-god who, according to legend, nearly set the Earth on fire.
The Geminid meteor shower takes place every December as the Earth passes through a debris trail from 3200 Phaethon.
The Geminid meteors are thought to have originated from an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon that may have collided with another object several hundreds of years ago.