Ic·​a·​rus ˈi-kə-rəs How to pronounce Icarus (audio)
: 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
Icarian adjective

Word History


Latin, from Greek Ikaros

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Icarus was in the 14th century

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“Icarus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Icarus. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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