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  • proper noun The entrance to Hell or the underworld, or the underworld itself.
  • proper noun A lake in Southern Italy.

Etymologies

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Latin Avernus, from Ancient Greek αορνος (aornos), αϝορνος (awornos, "birdless"), from ἀ- (a-, "without") + ὄρνις (ornis, "bird"). The lack of birds was likely due to fatal gases like carbon dioxide seeping from the volcanically active lake.

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