Gr. Myth. the son of Daedalus: escaping from Crete by flying with wings made by Daedalus, Icarus flies so high that the sun's heat melts the wax by which his wings are fastened, and he falls to his death in the sea
Origin of IcarusClassical Latin from Classical Greek Ikaros
- Greek Mythology The son of Daedalus who, in escaping from Crete on artificial wings made for him by his father, flew so close to the sun that the wax with which his wings were fastened melted, and he fell into the Aegean Sea.
- An asteroid with an eccentric orbit approaching within 30 million kilometers (19 million miles) of the sun.
Origin of IcarusLatin &Imacron;carus from Greek &Imacron;karos