icarus 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 [syn: icarus]
In Greek mythology, Icarus (the Latin spelling, conventionally adopted in English; , Íkaros, Etruscan: Vikare) is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, the creator of the Labyrinth. Often depicted in art, Icarus and his father attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. Icarus's father warns him first of complacency and then of hubris, asking that he fly neither too low nor too high, so the sea's dampness would not clog his wings or the sun's heat melt them. Icarus ignored his father's instructions not to fly too close to the sun, whereupon the wax in his wings melted and he fell into the sea. This tragic theme of failure at the hands of hubris contains similarities to that of Phaëthon.
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ICARUS (Imaging Cosmic And Rare Underground Signals) is a physics experiment aimed at studying neutrinos. It was located at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS). No longer operating, it is being refurbished at CERN for re-use in the same neutrino beam from Fermilab as the MiniBooNE experiment.