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[kuh-lis-toh] /kəˈlɪs toʊ/
Also, Kallisto. Classical Mythology. a nymph attendant on Artemis, punished for a love affair with Zeus by being changed into a bear and then transformed into stars as the constellation Ursa Major.
Astronomy. a large natural satellite of the planet Jupiter. Unabridged
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  • Accordingly they climbed out, threw in about a cart-load of ice, and covered the opening with two of the Callisto's thick rugs.

    A Journey in Other Worlds John Jacob Astor
  • He ran into her, finally, after he'd been on Callisto for nearly eight months.

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Callisto of Arcadia was another maiden who excited the jealousy of Juno.

  • We happened to be but a million miles off Callisto and picked up their message.

    The Space Rover Edwin K. Sloat
  • "Well, we'd better snap over to Callisto and take this up with the Council," Brandon put in.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • And the same shares are listed on the Callisto market as on the New York boards?

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • The answer to that was—Negu Mah would not let her leave Callisto.

    The Indulgence of Negu Mah Robert Andrew Arthur
  • How long does it take light to travel from Callisto to Earth?

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • As you already know, there has been no communication of late between here and Callisto.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • (Callisto) was occulted by the planet's disc; while Satellite II.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
British Dictionary definitions for Callisto


(Greek myth) a nymph who attracted the love of Zeus and was changed into a bear by Hera. Zeus then set her in the sky as the constellation Ursa Major


the second largest (but faintest) of the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter, discovered in 1610 by Galileo. Approximate diameter: 4800 km; orbital radius: 1 883 000 km See also Galilean satellite
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Word Origin and History for Callisto

fourth moon of Jupiter; in classical mythology a nymph, mother of Arcas by Zeus, turned to a bear by Hera, from Greek kallistos, superlative of kalos "beautiful." Feminized as proper name Callista.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Callisto in Science
One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter and the eighth in distance from the planet. Originally sighted by Galileo, it is the largest planetary satellite.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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