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Averno

[uh-vur-noh; Italian ah-ver-naw] /əˈvɜr noʊ; Italian ɑˈvɛr nɔ/
noun
1.
a crater lake in S Italy, near Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea, thought by ancients to be the entrance to the underworld.
Ancient Avernus.

facilis descensus Averno

[fah-ki-lis des-ken-soo s ah-wer-noh; English fas-uh-lis di-sen-suh s uh-vur-noh] /ˈfɑ kɪ lɪs dɛsˈkɛn sʊs ɑˈwɛr noʊ; English ˈfæs ə lɪs dɪˈsɛn səs əˈvɜr noʊ/
Latin.
1.
(the) descent to hell is easy; it is easy to take the downward path. Vergil, Aeneid, 6:126.
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  • Monte Nuovo,—is a mountain in the environs of Naples, which blocks up the valley of Averno.

British Dictionary definitions for Averno

Averno

/Italian aˈvɛrno/
noun
1.
a crater lake in Italy, near Naples: in ancient times regarded as an entrance to hell Latin name Avernus (əˈvɜːnəs)
Word Origin
from Latin, from Greek aornos without birds, from a-1 + ornis bird; referring to the legend that the lake's sulphurous exhalations killed birds
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