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phaeton (n.)

type of light four-wheeled carriage, with seats for four or two, made in many varieties, 1742, from French (1735), from Greek Phaethon name of the son of Helios and Clymene, who tried to drive his father's sun-chariot but crashed after almost setting fire to the whole earth. His name is literally "shining," from phaein "to shine, gleam," from phaos "light" (from PIE root *bha- (1) "to shine"). Earlier as a name for a reckless driver (1590s).

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