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[er-uh-buh s]
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  1. Classical Mythology. the darkness under the earth, imagined either as the abode of sinners after death or of all the dead.
  2. Mount, a volcano in Antarctica, on Ross Island. 13,202 feet (4024 meters).
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Origin of Erebus

< Latin < Greek Érebos; cognate with Armenian erek evening, Sanskrit rájas darkness, Gothic riquis darkness
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Historical Examples

  • He was sheathed from head to foot in a tight-fitting garment, black as Erebus!

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • For his sake are we come, and have sailed across the wide rivers of Erebus.'

  • With him ruled the goddess of Night and their son was Erebus, god of Darkness.

  • I will kill that dog yet, and shoot Erebus, too; see if I don't!


    Augusta Jane Evans Wilson

  • They had reached the gate where Erebus waited, when Russell took off his hat.


    Augusta Jane Evans Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for erebus


noun Greek myth
  1. the god of darkness, son of Chaos and brother of Night
  2. the darkness below the earth, thought to be the abode of the dead or the region they pass through on their way to Hades
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  1. Mount Erebus a volcano in Antarctica, on Ross Island: discovered by Sir James Ross in 1841 and named after his ship. Height: 3794 m (12 448 ft)
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Word Origin and History for erebus


"place of darkness between earth and Hades," from Latin Erebus, from Greek Erebos, of unknown origin, perhaps from Semitic (cf. Hebrew erebh "sunset, evening"), or from PIE *regw-es- "darkness." Used figuratively of darkness from 1590s.

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