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

[Middle English Flegeton, from Latin Phlegethōn, from Greek, from present participle of phlegethein, to blaze, variant of phlegein; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a river of fire in Hades
[C14: from Greek, literally: blazing, from phlegethein to flame, blaze]


(ˈflɛg əˌθɒn, ˈflɛdʒ-)

1. a river of fire in the ancient Greek underworld.
2. (often l.c.) a stream of fire or fiery light.
[< Latin < Greek, n. use of phlegéthōn blazing, present participle of phlegéthein to blaze. compare phlegm]
Phleg`e•thon′tal, Phleg`e•thon′tic, adj.
References in classic literature ?
he said, after examining the object; "found, apparently, on the banks of the river Phlegethon.
The royal carriage was provided by the Great Western Railway and was pulled by an engine called Phlegethon.
On 2008 Feb 22 Parker drew attention to a similar, dark reddish patch located at +40[degrees], 118[degrees] near Phlegethon, just off the a.
they will have no such local known place, more than Styx or Phlegethon,
This simile signals the transition from the circle of violence, which ends with a steep cliff over which the Phlegethon cascades down to the circles of fraud.