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Vulcan

[ vuhl-kuhn ]
/ ˈvʌl kən /
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noun
the ancient Roman god of fire and metalworking, identified with the Greek Hephaestus.
Military. a six-barrel, 20 mm U.S. Army antiaircraft gun system mounted on an armored personnel carrier and first deployed in 1968.
Astronomy. a hypothetical planet nearest the sun whose existence was erroneously postulated to account for perturbations in Mercury's orbit.
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Origin of Vulcan

First recorded in 1505–15, Vulcan is from the Latin word Vulcānus
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British Dictionary definitions for Vulcan (1 of 2)

Vulcan1
/ (ˈvʌlkən) /

noun
the Roman god of fire and metalworkingGreek counterpart: Hephaestus

Derived forms of Vulcan

Vulcanian (vʌlˈkeɪnɪən), adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Vulcan (2 of 2)

Vulcan2
/ (ˈvʌlkən) /

noun
a hypothetical planet once thought to lie within the orbit of Mercury

Derived forms of Vulcan

Vulcanian (vʌlˈkeɪnɪən), adjective
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Cultural definitions for Vulcan

Vulcan

[Greek name Hephaestus]


The Roman and Greek god of fire and metalworking; the blacksmith of the gods. He suffered bodily deformities and lameness. According to some stories, he was married to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty; in other stories, he was married to one of the three Graces. Vulcan was a son of Jupiter.

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