[uh-vur-noh; Italian ah-ver-naw]
- a crater lake in S Italy, near Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea, thought by ancients to be the entrance to the underworld.
facilis descensus Averno
[fah-ki-lis des-ken-soo s ah-wer-noh; English fas-uh-lis di-sen-suh s uh-vur-noh]
- (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.The Book of Curiosities
- 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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