American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A Titan who was the father of Prometheus and Atlas and an ancestor of the human race.
- n. The satellite of Saturn that is 13th in distance from the planet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In astronomy, the eighth or outermost, formerly called the fifth, of the satellites of Saturn.
- n. In entomology, a genus of homopterous insects, of the family Fulgoridæ.
- n. Greek mythology A Titan, the son of Uranus and Gaia, and father of Atlas, Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Menoetius.
- n. astronomy The third largest moon of Saturn
- n. geology An ancient ocean which existed between 600 and 400 million years ago.
- n. (Greek mythology) the Titan who was father of Atlas and Epimetheus and Prometheus in ancient mythology
- Ancient Greek Ἰαπετός. (Wiktionary)
- Latin Īapetus, from Greek Īapetos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I just wrote a song called Iapetus, named after a moon around Saturn and the Titan who defied Uranus.”
“The relatively small size of Iapetus, which is just 900 miles (1,500 km) across, and its correspondingly low gravity, allow the ice to move easily from one hemisphere to another.”
“Now, the researchers have discovered the other half of the story: giant volcanoes that formed during the closing of the proto-Atlantic Ocean - known as the Iapetus Ocean - set the stage for the rise of the Appalachians and the ice age that followed.”
“Iapetus" is nice - it shows the continental drift at different times in the past (and one for the future)”
“Yea, though Iapetus walk through the valorization of the shagbark of deathwatch”
“The Titans later gave birth to other Titans, notably the children of Hyperion (Helios, Eos, and Selene), the daughters of Coeus (Leto and Asteria), and the sons of Iapetus — Prometheus, Epimetheus, Atlas, and Menoetius; all of these descendants in the second generation are also known as "Titans".”
“Giovanni Domenico Cassini made the next four discoveries: Iapetus (in 1671), Rhea (in 1672), …”
“This allowes for Cassini, after discovering Saturn's satellite Iapetus in '71, and his discovery of another sattelite Rhe, and later or earlier, not sure, but to dare to approximate the distance between the sun and Earth, becoming the first to arrive at a close calculation.”
“It's amazing to reflect on how much more rapid astronomical discovery is, today, than back then; 45 years from the discovery of Saturn's rings to Titan, another 20 to the discovery of the Cassini Division; 16 years between the discovery of Titan and Iapetus; … and 74 years from the rings to Dione and Tethys.”
“Realized last night that the Star Gate had to be Iapetus with its six-to-one brightness ratio.”
Looking for tweets for Iapetus.