[hi-fes-tuh s]


the ancient Greek god of fire, metalworking, and handicrafts, identified by the Romans with Vulcan.

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Hephaistos (hɪˈfaɪstɒs)


Greek myth the lame god of fire and metal-workingRoman counterpart: Vulcan
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Word Origin and History for hephaestus


Greek god of fire and metal-working, Roman spelling of Greek Hephaistos, a pre-Hellenic word of unknown origin.

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[(hi-fes-tuhs, hi-fee-stuhs)]

The Greek name of Vulcan, the Greek and Roman god of fire and metalworking.

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