Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. An asteroid with an eccentric orbit approaching within 30 million kilometers (19 million miles) of the sun.

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  • n. (Greek mythology) son of Daedalus; while escaping from Crete with his father (using the wings Daedalus had made) he flew too close to the sun and the wax melted and he fell into the Aegean and drowned

Etymologies

Latin, from Greek Īkaros.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • There is also a butcher called Icarus Hinds, and the bookseller trades under the name of Bertram A. Watts.

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