noun \ˈker-ən, -än\

Definition of CHARON

:  a son of Erebus who in Greek mythology ferries the souls of the dead over the Styx

Origin of CHARON

Latin, from Greek Charōn
First Known Use: 1513

Rhymes with CHARON


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek mythology, the son of Erebus (Darkness) and Nyx (Night), whose duty it was to ferry the souls of the dead across the Rivers Styx and Acheron, his payment being the coin placed in the mouth of the corpse before burial. He continues in modern Greek folklore as Charos, or Charontas, the angel of death.


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