Ixion

noun

Ix·​i·​on ik-ˈsī-ən How to pronounce Ixion (audio)
: a Thessalian king bound by Zeus to a burning wheel in Tartarus for attempting to seduce Hera

Word History

Etymology

Latin, from Greek Ixiōn

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ixion was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ixion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ixion. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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