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

  • n. Greek Mythology A river of fire, one of the five rivers of Hades.

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  • proper n. A river of fire, one of the five rivers of Hades.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the principal rivers of Hades, in the channel of which fire flowed instead of water.


Middle English Flegeton, from Latin Phlegethōn, from Greek, from present participle of phlegethein, to blaze, variant of phlegein; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Phlegethōn, from Ancient Greek Φλεγέθων. (Wiktionary)


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