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Avernus

[uh-vur-nuh s] /əˈvɜr nəs/
noun
1.
a lake near Naples, Italy, looked upon in ancient times as an entrance to hell, from whose waters vile-smelling vapors arose, supposedly killing birds flying over it.
2.
hell.
Origin of Avernus
< Latin < Greek áornos birdless, equivalent to a- a-6 + órn(is) bird + -os adj. suffix
Related forms
Avernal, adjective

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.
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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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