Averno

[ uh-vur-noh; Italian ah-ver-naw ]

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 A·ver·nus.

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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)

Origin of Averno

1
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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