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Charon \Cha"ron\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?.] (Cless. Myth.) The son of Erebus and Nox, whose office it was to ferry the souls of the dead over the Styx, a river of the infernal regions.
--Shak. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

ferryman of the dead over the river Styx, from Greek Kharon, which is of unknown origin.


Charon may refer to:

Charon (moon)

Charon, also called (134340) Pluto I, is the largest of the five known moons of the dwarf planet Pluto. It was discovered in 1978 at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., using photographic plates taken at the United States Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station (NOFS). With half the diameter and one eighth the mass of Pluto, it is a very large moon in comparison to its parent body. Its gravitational influence is such that the barycenter of the Pluto–Charon system lies outside Pluto.

The New Horizons spacecraft, to date the only probe to have visited the Pluto system, approached within of Charon.

Charon (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Charon or Kharon ( or ; Greek Χάρων) is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. A coin to pay Charon for passage, usually an obolus or danake, was sometimes placed in or on the mouth of a dead person. Some authors say that those who could not pay the fee, or those whose bodies were left unburied, had to wander the shores for one hundred years. In the catabasis mytheme, heroes – such as Aeneas, Dionysus, Heracles, Hermes, Odysseus, Orpheus, Pirithous, Psyche, Theseus and Sisyphus – journey to the underworld and return, still alive, conveyed by the boat of Charon.

Charon (band)

Charon was a Finnish gothic metal band from Raahe, Finland.

Charon (Dungeons & Dragons)

In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Charon is a powerful altraloth, a lord of the yugoloths, reportedly transformed into a more powerful creature by the night hags of the Gray Waste. Charon's role is to provide travel on the River Styx, but he always charges a steep price and kills those who cannot or will not pay. Charon commands a legion of marraenoloths who provide the same service.

Charon's name comes from Charon.

Charon (web browser)

Charon is a web browser for the Inferno operating system. It is a basic graphical browser with support for JavaScript, HTTPS, and basic support for FTP, but lacks support for any CSS.

Charon (Marvel Comics)

Charon is a fictitious villain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character made his sole appearance in the 1993 X-Factor Annual #8.

Charon (software)

Charon is the brand name of a group of software products able to emulate several CPU architectures. The emulators available under this brand mostly cover the Digital Equipment DEC hardware platforms PDP-11, VAX, and AlphaServer, which support many of the legacy operating systems, including Tru64 and OpenVMS. The product range also includes virtualization solutions for HP 3000 using MPE/iX and SPARC. Charon software products have been developed by the Swiss software company Stromasys SA, which has its headquarters in Cointrin, near Geneva.

Charon (horse)

Charon (1987 – April 12, 2009) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who defeated both male and female competitors. She was bred at Triple E Farm in Ocala, Florida by owner Stanley M. Ersoff. She was a chestnut filly, a daughter of Mo Exception out of the mare Double Wiggle. She is best remembered for her seven and a half length romp in the Grade II $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and her win in the Coaching Club American Oaks two months later.

Charon (genus)

Charon is a genus of invertebrate animals belonging to the class Arachnida, in the family Charontidae.

Charon (gun)

The DEFCADCharon is an open source 3D-printable AR-15 lower receiver project that was partially inspired by the Fabrique Nationale P90. It began as a design exercise by a DEFCAD user to explore FDM additive manufacturing technology as a means of integrating the P90's ergonomics into a stock for the AR-15, resulting in the WarFairy P-15 stock set.

The additive manufacturing process permits curvilinear designs that are too expensive or impossible to do by subtractive methods. The designer took advantage of this new technology to create a style as distinct from conventional designs as art nouveau was from cubism.

From the P-15, it was integrated with the DefDist V5 lower receiver, resulting in the WarFairy Charon V0.1.

Further advantage was taken of the nature of FDM polymer printing to make it possible for printers with small work envelopes to produce large items, i.e., the Charon was designed to be printed in sections and then assembled with solvent cement.

The Charon pistol version was successfully test fired in July, 2013 with no sign of damage.

Usage examples of "charon".

I heard him a little while afterwards, through the floor here, humming like the wind, the only song he knows-- about Bibo, and old Charon, and Bibo being drunk when he died, or something or other.

Then shalt thou see a great and marvailous dogge, with three heads, barking continually at the soules of such as enter in, but he can do them no other harme, he lieth day and night before the gate of Proserpina, and keepeth the house of Pluto with great diligence, to whom if thou cast one of thy sops, thou maist have accesse to Proserpina without all danger : shee will make thee good cheere, and entertaine thee with delicate meate and drinke, but sit thou upon the ground, and desire browne bread, and then declare thy message unto her, and when thou hast received such beauty as she giveth, in thy returne appease the rage of the dogge with thy other sop, and give thy other halfe penny to covetous Charon, and come the same way againe into the world as thou wentest : but above all things have a regard that thou looke not in the boxe, neither be not too curious about the treasure of the divine beauty.

The man we believe them to have contacted for the job is known in the trade by the name of Charon, after the Styx ferryman.

The data there was remarkably slim, all of it gleaned from reports of people in the business who had tried to investigate Charon in the past.

Of those assassinations in the last two decades that were positively linked to Charon, a dozen were also with long guns.

Whether she was with the main body or the splinter group that had hired Charon was what he wanted to know next.

A smuggler like Webba known associate of Charon bringing in a book about the Grail?

Once this irksome business with Charon was out of the way, or in some kind of a holding pattern, Richard would be on the next flight out.

He remembered the other men who had made a special project of hunting for Charon and the fate of three of them.

If Charon was outside somewhere and wanted to he could level the whole place.

It would be nearly useless against Charon, though, and likely only send him into a killing frenzy.

Even if Charon was still in Toronto, Richard had to get to Glastonbury.

Richard watched, fascinated as Charon struggled with the demon, until slowly, ever so slowly, he came back.

He stepped down onto the first of the stone flags, but with incredible speed, Charon was before him and growling into his face.

Not easy, since Charon frequently put on speed, moving almost too fast even for Richard to follow.