Averno

[ uh-vur-noh; Italian ah-ver-naw ]
/ əˈvɜr noʊ; Italian ɑˈvɛr nɔ /

noun

a crater lake in S Italy, near Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea, thought by ancients to be the entrance to the underworld.

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Example sentences from the Web for Averno

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

British Dictionary definitions for Averno

Averno
/ (Italian aˈvɛrno) /

noun

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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