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Ixion (ĭkˈsēən), in Greek mythology, king of the Lapithes. Ixion murdered his father-in-law to avoid paying a price for his bride. When no one on earth would purify him, Zeus took Ixion to Olympus and purified him. While there Ixion attempted to seduce Hera, but Zeus created a phantom of her and by it Ixion became the father of the centaurs. As punishment for his impious act, Ixion was chained eternally to a revolving, fiery wheel in Tartarus.
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An experimental magnetic-mirror device used for research on controlled fusion; involves study of plasma rotation in a magnetic-mirror confinement system using crossed electric and magnetic fields.
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first murderer of a relative in classical mythology. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 142; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
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