[ uh-vur-nuh s ]
/ əˈvɜr nəs /
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Question 1 of 10
Which of the following words means “to travel or journey, especially to walk on foot”?
Origin of Avernus
< Latin < Greek áornos birdless, equivalent to a- a-6 + órn(is) bird + -os adj. suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM AvernusA·ver·nal, adjective
Definition for avernus' (2 of 2)
[ uh-vur-noh; Italian ah-ver-naw ]
/ əˈvɜr noʊ; Italian ɑˈvɛr nɔ /
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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British Dictionary definitions for avernus'
/ (Italian aˈvɛrno) /
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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