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

  • n. Roman Mythology The god of fire and metalworking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The god of volcanoes and fire, especially the forge, also the patron of all craftsmen, principally blacksmiths.
  • proper n. A hypothetical planet proposed to exist in an orbit between Mercury and the Sun in a 19th-century hypothesis.
  • proper n. A town in southern Alberta, Canada.
  • proper n. A fictional inhabited planet.
  • n. A person who seems to lack emotion or is overly analytical and boring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The god of fire, who presided over the working of metals; -- answering to the Greek Hephæstus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman mythology, the god of fire and the working of metals, and the patron of all handicraftsmen.
  • n. A hypothetical planet between the sun and the planet Mercury.
  • n. A volcano.

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

  • n. (Roman mythology) god of fire and metal working; counterpart of Greek Hephaestus

Etymologies

Latin Volcānus, Vulcānus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Vulcānus, of Etruscan origin, but unknown meaning. Perhaps related to Ancient Greek πῦρ (pur, "fire") and καίω (kaiō, "burn"). (Wiktionary)
From Vulcan (etymology 1), from the Star Trek TV series of the 1960s. (Wiktionary)

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