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Charon

[kair-uh n, kar-] /ˈkɛər ən, ˈkær-/
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.
Related forms
Charonian
[kuh-roh-nee-uh n] /kəˈroʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
Charonic
[kuh-ron-ik] /kəˈrɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for charonic

Charon1

/ˈkɛərən/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) the ferryman who brought the dead across the rivers Styx or Acheron to Hades

Charon2

/ˈkɛərən/
noun
1.
the only known satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978
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Word Origin and History for charonic

Charon

ferryman of the dead over the river Styx, from Greek Kharon, of unknown origin.

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charonic in Science
Charon
  (kâr'ən)   
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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charonic in Culture
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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