Apollo

noun
Apol·​lo | \ ə-ˈpä-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce Apollo (audio) \

Definition of Apollo

1 : the Greek and Roman god of sunlight, prophecy, music, and poetry
2 [Apollo, an asteroid of this class] : any of a class of asteroids having an orbit that extends from inside to beyond the earth's orbit

First Known Use of Apollo

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Apollo

Latin Apollin-, Apollo, from Greek Apollōn

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Cite this Entry

“Apollo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Apollo. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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