[ uh-vur-nuhs ]
/ əˈvɜr nəs /
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THINGAMABOB OR THINGUMMY: CAN YOU DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE US AND UK TERMS IN THIS QUIZ?
Do you know the difference between everyday US and UK terminology? Test yourself with this quiz on words that differ across the Atlantic.
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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 AvernusA·ver·nal, adjective
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How to use Avernus in a sentence
Decius followed, as he would have followed through the portals of Avernus.The Lion's Brood|Duffield Osborne
I have not at this moment the remotest conception where the engine-room is, or where lies the descent to that Avernus.America To-day, Observations and Reflections|William Archer
There was a volcanic lake near Cumae called Avernus, whose waters gave out sulphureous vapours.The Aeneid of Virgil|Virgil
A vast iron cauldron with half the fires of Avernus beneath it is partly filled with water that soon boils furiously.Sixes and Sevens|O. Henry
He was well out of Avernus and beginning to scale Olympus, and his mind reverted to the earlier and happier part of the evening.The Silver Butterfly|Mrs. Wilson Woodrow