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Oct 17, 2014
This week's theme
Words from mythology

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odyssey
cimmerian
narcissist
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charon

Charon and Psyche
Charon collecting the fare in this 1883 painting Charon and Psyche
Art: John Roddam Spencer Stanhope

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charon

PRONUNCIATION:
(KER-uhn)

MEANING:
noun: A ferryman.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Charon, the old man who transported the souls of the dead across the rivers Styx and Acheron to Hades. In some cultures a coin was put in the mouth of the dead to pay for the ferry ride. Also see psychopomp. Earliest documented use: 1522.

USAGE:
"On the Ganges, a charon pulled me soundlessly across the water."
Pico Iyer; Maximum India; Condé Nast Traveler; Jan, 2011.

See more usage examples of charon in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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