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Classical Mythology. the ferryman who conveyed the souls of the dead across the Styx.
(usually used ironically) any ferryman.
Astronomy. the natural satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978.
(Greek myth) the ferryman who brought the dead across the rivers Styx or Acheron to Hades
the only known satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978

ferryman of the dead over the river Styx, from Greek Kharon, of unknown origin.
The only known moon of Pluto. Charon is just over half Pluto’s size and orbits it so closely that it was not discovered as a distinct body until 1978. Although Pluto is covered with methane ice, Charon appears to be covered with water ice.
Charon [(kair-uhn)]

In classical mythology, the boatman who carried the souls of the dead across the river Styx and into Hades, the underworld.


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