Class. Myth. son of Helios, the sun god: he unsuccessfully tries to drive his father's sun chariot and almost sets the world on fire, but Zeus strikes him down with a thunderbolt
Origin of PhaëthonClassical Latin Phaethon from Classical Greek Phaeth?n, literally , shining ( from phaethein, to shine) from phaos, light from Indo-European base an unverified form bh?-, to shine
A son of the sun god Helios who was killed by Zeus while trying to drive his father's chariot across the sky.
Origin of PhaethonLatin Phaëtōn, Phaëthōn from Greek Phaethōn from phaethōn present participle of phaethein to shine ; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.