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"Shining", from Greek.
"Castor" is French for "Beaver"
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Castor McCord, American saxophonist
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Castor, son of Dionysus in the "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" fantasy series by Rick Riordan.
Castor was Pollux's twin brother in Greek mythology. Their mother was Leda, who had been seduced by Zeus when he took the form of a swan so that he could cheat on his wife Hera without being noticed. As a result Leda gave birth by laying two eggs. Each egg hatched a set of twins, one containing Helen of Troy and her sister Clytemnestra. The other egg hatched Castor and Pollux.
In almost all versions of the Castor and Pollux myths, Castor is mortal while Pollux is immortal. The two were very close, although they had rather different interests (Pollux enjoyed boxing and won several matches, while Castor liked to work with horses and managed his Greek heroics that way.)
Both twins were deeply involved in the crazy pace of life that was expected if one is a part of Greek mythology. Sadly, Castor was killed by another mythological mortal called Idas after an incident involving revenge over quite a lot of stolen steak. Pollux was so upset that the gods allowed him to share his brothers mortality. This meant that every six months, the brothers traveled back and forth from the Underworld to Earth. Together they are the constellation Gemini.
Castor Oyl is also the older brother of Olive Oyl in the Popeye cartoons