Icarus Definition

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.
Webster's New World
An asteroid with an eccentric orbit approaching within 30 million kilometers (19 million miles) of the sun.
American Heritage

Origin of Icarus

  • Latin Īcarus from Greek Īkaros

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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