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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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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 at once slipped the left rein over her head, thus enabling himself to drive with his arm round her waist.
Phaethon, who for some time had been endeavouring to kiss Persephone, had just succeeded.
Phaethon hung down his head, not at the matter of the accusation, but at its manner.
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.
Louis Phaethon Beach Hotel hosted a team of cyclists from the Malta Cycling Federation that participated in the Cyprus Gran Fondo, cycling race which is part of the Gran Fondo World Series.
Diana Shipping announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Phaethon International Company AG, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Danae.
The shower happens when the Earth crosses the orbit of 3200 Phaethon, a mysterious body that is sometimes referred to as a rock comet.
(3200) Phaethon passes closer to the Sun (within 0.14 AU) than any other known object except for the occasional comet.
That's because Jupiter's gravity has tugged the stream of particles from the shower's asteroid 3200 Phaethon closer to Earth over the centuries," he said.
What people will be seeing in the skies are&nbsp;the burning debris from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon. As reported by ( Vox , the asteroid is just 3 miles wide and behaves more like a comet than an actual asteroid since it forms a tail.