- Classical Mythology. the darkness under the earth, imagined either as the abode of sinners after death or of all the dead.
- Mount, a volcano in Antarctica, on Ross Island. 13,202 feet (4024 meters).
Origin of Erebus
Examples from the Web for erebus
He was sheathed from head to foot in a tight-fitting garment, black as Erebus!A Nest of Spies
For his sake are we come, and have sailed across the wide rivers of Erebus.'The Aeneid of Virgil
With him ruled the goddess of Night and their son was Erebus, god of Darkness.A Book of Myths
I will kill that dog yet, and shoot Erebus, too; see if I don't!
They had reached the gate where Erebus waited, when Russell took off his hat.
- the god of darkness, son of Chaos and brother of Night
- the darkness below the earth, thought to be the abode of the dead or the region they pass through on their way to Hades
- Mount Erebus a volcano in Antarctica, on Ross Island: discovered by Sir James Ross in 1841 and named after his ship. Height: 3794 m (12 448 ft)
Word Origin and History for erebus
"place of darkness between earth and Hades," from Latin Erebus, from Greek Erebos, of unknown origin, perhaps from Semitic (cf. Hebrew erebh "sunset, evening"), or from PIE *regw-es- "darkness." Used figuratively of darkness from 1590s.