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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The river of woe, one of the five rivers of Hades.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A genus of neuropterous insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Myth.) 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.

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  • proper noun mythology 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 noun literary Hell
  • proper noun A language of Sudan.

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

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

Etymologies

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

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