- Also called Pyriphlegethon. Classical Mythology. a river of fire, one of five rivers surrounding Hades.
- (often lowercase) a stream of fire or fiery light.
Origin of Phlegethon
< Latin < Greek, noun use of phlegéthōn blazing, present participle of phlegéthein to blaze. See phlegm
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Examples from the Web for phlegethon
A step with them, and we were on the Phlegethon waters of the French Revolution.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
The Styx, the Cocytus, and the Phlegethon present their waves to your acceptance.Munster Village
The first round or circlet of the Seventh Circle is filled by Phlegethon.The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri
The round and grape passed between the masts of the Phlegethon and beyond the Spiteful, without striking.
The guns having been pointed at the stakes, the Phlegethon immediately returned the compliment with rockets and her pivot-guns.
- Greek myth a river of fire in Hades
C14: from Greek, literally: blazing, from phlegethein to flame, blaze
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