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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The river of woe, one of the five rivers of Hades.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A river in the Nether World or infernal regions; also, the infernal regions themselves. By some of the English poets it was supposed to be a flaming lake or gulf.
  • proper n. Hell
  • proper n. A language of Sudan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A river in the Nether World or infernal regions; also, the infernal regions themselves. By some of the English poets it was supposed to be a flaming lake or gulf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek and Roman mythology, the name of a river in Hades, over which the souls of the dead were ferried by Charon; hence, a general name for the lower world.
  • n. A genus of neuropterous insects.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which the souls of the dead were carried by Charon

Etymologies

From Latin Acheron, from Ancient Greek Ἀχέρων (Acherōn), from ὁ ἄχεα ῥέων (ho akhea rheōn, "the stream of woe") (Wiktionary)

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