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- n. A pit, especially one at Athens into which criminals were thrown.
- n. The abyss, hell.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rocky place or pit outside the walls of ancient Athens, into which criminals were thrown.
- n. The abyss; hell.
- n. Anything that swallows up or devours; the belly; an insatiable glutton or extortioner.
From Latin barathrum, from Ancient Greek βάραθρον (barathron). (Wiktionary)