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In Greek mythology
- Xanthos (King of Thebes), the son of Ptolemy, killed by Andropompus or Melanthus
- Xanthus (mythology), several figures, including gods, men, and horses
- Balius and Xanthus, the horses of Achilles
- Xanthus, Greek philosopher, master of the slave and fabulist Aesop
- Xanthus (historian), a logographer who wrote a history of Lydia
- Xanthus Pagninius (1470–1541), Dominican, leading philologist and Biblical scholars
- Xanthus Russell Smith, American artist
- Emmanuil Xanthos, founder of Filiki Eteria
- Xanthus (city) or Xanthos, city in ancient Lycia, the site of present day Kınık, Antalya Province, Turkey
- Xanthus (river) or Xanthos, river in ancient Lycia on which the city Xanthus was situated
- Xanthus Spur on the Trojan Range, mountain range in the Palmer Archipelago of the British Antarctic Territory
- Xanthus, the antagonist in the musical People Are Wrong!.
- Xanthus, the fictional character in Robert Newcomb's fantasy series Blood and Stone.
- Xanthus, the name of Aristotle Bolt's estate in the 1975 Disney movie Escape to Witch Mountain (1975 film)
- Calliostoma xanthos, a species of sea snail
- Cephonodes xanthus, moth of the Sphingidae family
- Myxococcus xanthus, proteobacterium
- Paracirrhites xanthus, Hawkfish from the Eastern Central Pacific
- Protambulyx xanthus, synonym for Protambulyx eurycles, species of moth of the Sphingidae family
- Xanthus, the Latin form of Xanthos, an ancient Lycian city
- 4544 Xanthus (1989 FB) is an Apollo NEO discovered on March 31, 1989 by Henry Holt and Norman G. Thomas at Palomar Observatory
- Xanthus class repair ship, class of five auxiliary ships built for the United States Navy and Royal Navy
- USS Xanthus (AR-19), a Xanthus-class repair ship acquired by the United States Navy for the task of providing repairs to the fleet
- Xanthus stele or Xanthian Obelisk, a stele bearing an inscription currently believed to be trilingual, in the ancient Lycian city of Xanthos
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