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Cheiron

[kahy-ron] /ˈkaɪ rɒn/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.

Chiron

or Cheiron

[kahy-ron] /ˈkaɪ rɒn/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a wise and beneficent centaur, teacher of Achilles, Asclepius, and others.
2.
Astronomy. an asteroid located between Saturn and Uranus, about 100 miles (160 km) in diameter: discovered in 1977.
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Examples from the Web for Cheiron
Historical Examples
  • Then he remembered Cheiron's word and was glad he had answered her softly.

    Our Little Grecian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  • When Cheiron knew that his power had come back to him he was glad.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
  • For Halcyone he was "Cheiron," her master, who had the enchanting quality of being able to see the other side of her head.

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
  • And at the last old Cheiron was silent, and called the lad with a soft voice.

    The Heroes Charles Kingsley
  • "You are indeed Cheiron, Master," she said—and then her eyes widened and she looked into the glowing ashes.

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
  • So Cheiron gave him his immortality, and died, and had rest from pain.

    The Heroes Charles Kingsley
  • The child was at first handed over to the care of the Hours, or the nymph Melissa and the centaur Cheiron.

  • Through this cause Cheiron was born a centaur: his wife was Chariclo.

  • And Cheiron stood by him and watched him, for he knew that the time was come.

  • "You will pour out the tea, Halcyone, for us as usual," Cheiron said.

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
British Dictionary definitions for Cheiron

Cheiron

/ˈkaɪrɒn; -rən/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of Chiron

Chiron

/ˈkaɪrɒn; -rən/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a wise and kind centaur who taught many great heroes in their youth, including Achilles, Actaeon, and Jason
2.
a minor planet, discovered by Charles Kowal in 1977, revolving round the sun between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus
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Word Origin and History for Cheiron

Chiron

wisest of the centaurs, from Latin Chiron, from Greek Kheiron, of unknown origin; Klein compares Greek kheirourgos "surgeon."

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Cheiron in Science
Chiron
  (kī'rŏn')   
A large cometlike body with an orbit mostly between Saturn and Uranus. Discovered in 1977, Chiron was originally identified as an asteroid, but it has since been reclassified as a Centaur. Like a comet, Chiron has been observed to display a nebulous coma in its closest approach to the Sun, but at approximately 200 km (124 mi) in diameter it is far larger than any other known comet. See more at Centaur.
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