Charon

[kair-uhn, kar-]
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. the ferryman who conveyed the souls of the dead across the Styx.
2.
(usually used ironically) any ferryman.
3.
Astronomy. the natural satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978.

Charonian [kuh-roh-nee-uhn] , Charonic [kuh-ron-ik] , adjective
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Charon1 (ˈkɛərən)
 
n
Greek myth the ferryman who brought the dead across the rivers Styx or Acheron to Hades

Charon2 (ˈkɛərən)
 
n
the only known satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978

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Charon
ferryman of the dead over the river Styx, 1513, from Gk. Kharon, of unknown origin.
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Charon   (kâr'ən)  Pronunciation Key 
The only known moon of Pluto. 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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Charon [(kair-uhn)]

In classical mythology, the boatman who carried the souls of the dead across the river Styx and into Hades, the underworld.

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The presence of both is evident in the poem, as well as the presence of charon.
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