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

  • n. Roman Mythology The goddess of war.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The ancient Roman goddess of war, and the wife/sister of Mars. Equivalent to the Greek goddess Enyo.
  • proper n. 28 Bellona, the asteroid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The goddess of war.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman mythology, the goddess of war.
  • n. [NL.] In ornithology, a genus of humming-birds. Mulsant and Verreaux, 1865.
  • n. [lowercase] [NL.] In herpetology, the specific name of a snake, Pityophis bellona.


Latin Bellōna.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin word for "war" ('bellum'), and is directly related to the modern English word "belligerent" (lit. "war-waging"). (Wiktionary)



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