Classical Mythology. a river in Hades over which Charon ferried the souls of the dead.
the infernal regions; hell; Hades. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for acheron


noun Greek myth

one of the rivers in Hades over which the souls of the dead were ferried by CharonCompare Styx
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.

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