Definitions

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

  • noun The god of fire and metalworking.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun (Rom. Myth.) The god of fire, who presided over the working of metals; -- answering to the Greek Hephæstus.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin Volcānus, Vulcānus.]

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From Vulcan (etymology 1), from the Star Trek TV series of the 1960s.

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From Latin Vulcānus, of Etruscan origin, but unknown meaning. Perhaps related to Ancient Greek πῦρ (pur, "fire") and καίω (kaiō, "burn").

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