Averno

[uh-vur-noh; Italian ah-ver-naw]
Ancient A·ver·nus.

facilis descensus Averno

[fah-ki-lis des-ken-soo s ah-wer-noh; English fas-uh-lis di-sen-suh s uh-vur-noh]
Latin.
  1. (the) descent to hell is easy; it is easy to take the downward path. Vergil, Aeneid, 6:126.
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Historical Examples of averno

  • Monte Nuovo,—is a mountain in the environs of Naples, which blocks up the valley of Averno.


British Dictionary definitions for averno

Averno

noun
  1. a crater lake in Italy, near Naples: in ancient times regarded as an entrance to hellLatin name: Avernus (əˈvɜːnəs)

Word Origin for Averno

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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