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Acheron

[ak-uh-ron] /ˈæk əˌrɒn/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a river in Hades over which Charon ferried the souls of the dead.
2.
the infernal regions; hell; Hades.
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  • For other leaves there are, and other streams that water them,—not water of life, but water of Acheron.

    Proserpina, Volume 1 John Ruskin
  • The waters of Acheron will be the cause of your death, and Pandosia is the place where you will die.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • Acheron was a stream of Epirus, and Pandosia was a town upon the banks of it.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • I invoke no Acheron to overwhelm him in the whirlpools of his muddy gulf.

  • Shall we stand waiting, like ghosts upon the banks of Acheron?

  • But it was stolen from me, and Acheron fell, and I fled in exile into dark Stygia.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • They—my ancestors—had suffered much from the kings of Acheron.'

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • Acheron has been a myth for more centuries than I can remember.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • Here was its home in the centuries before it journeyed to Acheron.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • Amalric stared at the man from Acheron with mingled fear and admiration.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
British Dictionary definitions for Acheron

Acheron

/ˈækəˌrɒn/
noun (Greek myth)
1.
one of the rivers in Hades over which the souls of the dead were ferried by Charon Compare Styx
2.
the underworld or Hades
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Word Origin and History for Acheron

1580s, fabled river of the Lower World in Greek mythology. The name perhaps means "marsh-like" (cf. Greek akherousai "marshlike water"); the derivation from Greek akhos "woe" is considered folk etymology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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