Origin of phoenix
- the brother of Cadmus and Europa, and eponymous ancestor of the Phoenicians.
- a son of Amyntor and Cleobule who became the foster father of Achilles and who fought with the Greek forces in the Trojan War.
Related Words for phoenixtreasure, gem, masterpiece, giant, devil, freak, behemoth, horror, demon, beast, villain, whale, dragon, supremacy, evolution, virtue, integrity, accomplishment, precision, ideal
Examples from the Web for phoenix
Contemporary Examples of phoenix
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
He came to Phoenix once and we went up to see him, and they got so crazy that I ended up trying to hitchhike home.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
But you know, I had only one other hero in my life acting and that was River [Phoenix].Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
When a client needs to move something by air, Phoenix gets it done.
Now that they had the isolation chamber, it was up to Phoenix to find a plane to carry it.
Historical Examples of phoenix
But, before setting out, they all helped Phoenix to build a habitation.Tanglewood Tales
Major Vernon had risen, resplendent as the phoenix, from the ashes of his old clothes.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
In that connection he mentions a sharp who lives in Phoenix.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
From this to the hour of a late dinner, the Phoenix Park became his resort.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
You'll get your ticket as usual and a reservation at the Tycho Hotel in Phoenix.Security
Poul William Anderson
Word Origin for phoenix
noun Latin genitive Phoenices (ˈfiːnɪˌsiːz)
Old English and Old French fenix, from Medieval Latin phenix, from Latin phoenix, from Greek phoinix, mythical bird of Arabia which flew to Egypt every 500 years to be reborn, also "the date" (fruit and tree), also "Phoenician," literally "purple-red," perhaps a foreign word (Egyptian has been suggested), or from phoinos "blood-red." Exact relation and order of the senses in Greek is unclear.
Ðone wudu weardaþ wundrum fæger
fugel feþrum se is fenix hatan
Spelling assimilated to Greek 16c. (see ph). Figurative sense of "that which rises from the ashes of what was destroyed" is attested from 1590s. The city in Arizona, U.S., so called because it was founded in 1867 on the site of an ancient Native American settlement.
1861, originally as the name of a breakaway Confederate region of southern New Mexico; organized roughly along modern lines as a U.S. territory in 1863. From Spanish Arizonac, probably from a local name among the O'odham (Piman) people meaning "having a little spring." Alternative theory is that it derives from Basque arizonak "good oaks."
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.
Capital city of Arizona.