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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.]
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(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
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(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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