phenix

[ fee-niks ]
/ ˈfi nɪks /
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noun

Definition for phenix (2 of 2)

phoenix

or phe·nix

[ fee-niks ]
/ ˈfi nɪks /

noun

(sometimes initial capital letter) a mythical bird of great beauty fabled to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness, to burn itself on a funeral pyre, and to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years: often an emblem of immortality or of reborn idealism or hope.
genitive Phoe·ni·cis [fee-nahy-sis, -nee-] /fiˈnaɪ sɪs, -ˈni-/. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. a southern constellation between Hydrus and Sculptor.
a person or thing of peerless beauty or excellence; paragon.
a person or thing that has become renewed or restored after suffering calamity or apparent annihilation.

Origin of phoenix

before 900; < Latin < Greek phoînix a mythical bird, purple-red color, Phoenician, date palm; replacing Middle English, Old English fēnix < Medieval Latin; Latin as above
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British Dictionary definitions for phenix (1 of 4)

phenix

/ (ˈfiːnɪks) /

noun

a US spelling of phoenix

British Dictionary definitions for phenix (2 of 4)

Phoenix

1
/ (ˈfiːnɪks) /

noun Latin genitive Phoenices (ˈfiːnɪˌsiːz)

a constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Grus and Eridanus

British Dictionary definitions for phenix (3 of 4)

Phoenix

2
/ (ˈfiːnɪks) /

noun

a city in central Arizona, capital city of the state, on the Salt River. Pop: 1 388 416 (2003 est)

British Dictionary definitions for phenix (4 of 4)

phoenix

US phenix

/ (ˈfiːnɪks) /

noun

a legendary Arabian bird said to set fire to itself and rise anew from the ashes every 500 years
a person or thing of surpassing beauty or quality

Word Origin for phoenix

Old English fenix, via Latin from Greek phoinix; identical in form with Greek Phoinix Phoenician, purple
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Word Origin and History for phenix

phoenix


n.
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Culture definitions for phenix (1 of 2)

phoenix

[ (fee-niks) ]

A mythical bird that periodically burned itself to death and emerged from the ashes as a new phoenix. According to most stories, the rebirth of the phoenix happened every five hundred years. Only one phoenix lived at a time.

Note

To “rise like a phoenix from the ashes” is to overcome a seemingly insurmountable setback.

Culture definitions for phenix (2 of 2)

Phoenix

[ (fee-niks) ]

Capital city of Arizona.

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