Averno


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A·ver·no

 (ä-vĕr′nō) Ancient name A·ver·nus (ə-vûr′nəs)
A small crater lake of southern Italy near the Tyrrhenian Sea west of Naples. Because of its gloomy aspect and intense sulfuric vapors, now extinguished, the ancient Romans regarded it as the entrance to the underworld.

A·ver′nal adj.

Averno

(Italian aˈvɛrno)
n
(Placename) a crater lake in Italy, near Naples: in ancient times regarded as an entrance to hell. Latin name: Avernus
[from Latin, from Greek aornos without birds, from a-1 + ornis bird; referring to the legend that the lake's sulphurous exhalations killed birds]
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