[tahr-ter-uh s]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a sunless abyss, below Hades, in which Zeus imprisoned the Titans.
  2. a place in Hades for the punishment of the wicked.
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noun Greek myth
  1. an abyss under Hades where the Titans were imprisoned
  2. a part of Hades reserved for evildoers
  3. the underworld; Hades
  4. a primordial god who became the father of the monster Typhon

Word Origin for Tartarus

C16: from Latin, from Greek Tartaros, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for tartarus



the abyss below Hades in Greek mythology, from Greek Tartaros, of uncertain origin; "prob. a word of imitative origin, suggestive of something frightful" [Klein].

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