Ic·​a·​rus | \ ˈi-kə-rəs How to pronounce Icarus (audio) \

Definition of Icarus

: the son of Daedalus who to escape imprisonment flies by means of artificial wings but falls into the sea and drowns when the wax of his wings melts as he flies too near the sun

Other Words from Icarus

Icarian \ ī-​ˈker-​ē-​ən How to pronounce Icarus (audio) , i-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of Icarus

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Icarus

Latin, from Greek Ikaros

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“Icarus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Icarus. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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