Origin of Avernus
< Latin < Greek áornos birdless, equivalent to a- a-6 + órn(is) bird + -os adj. suffix
[uh-vur-noh; Italian ah-ver-naw]
- 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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- a crater lake in Italy, near Naples: in ancient times regarded as an entrance to hellLatin name: Avernus (əˈvɜːnəs)
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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