Avernus

[ uh-vur-nuh s ]
/ əˈvɜr nəs /

noun

a lake near Naples, Italy, looked upon in ancient times as an entrance to hell, from whose waters vile-smelling vapors arose, supposedly killing birds flying over it.

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Origin of Avernus

< Latin < Greek áornos birdless, equivalent to a- a-6 + órn(is) bird + -os adj. suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM Avernus

A·ver·nal, adjective

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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.
Ancient A·ver·nus.
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British Dictionary definitions for avernus

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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