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Avernus

[ uh-vur-nuhs ]
/ əˈvɜr nəs /
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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
A·ver·nal, adjective
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