Phaëthon

noun
Pha·​ë·​thon | \ ˈfā-ə-tən How to pronounce Phaëthon (audio) , -ˌthän \

Definition of Phaëthon

: a son of Helios who drives his father's sun-chariot through the sky but loses control and is struck down by a thunderbolt of Zeus

First Known Use of Phaëthon

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Phaëthon

Latin, from Greek Phaethōn

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“Phaëthon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pha%C3%ABthon. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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