the ancient Greek god of fire, metalworking, and handicrafts, identified by the Romans with Vulcan.
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Hephaestus or Hephaistos (hɪˈfiːstəs, hɪˈfaɪstɒs)
Greek myth Roman counterpart: Vulcan the lame god of fire and metal-working
Hephaistos or Hephaistos

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1658, Gk. god of fire and metal-working, Roman spelling of Gk. Hephaistos, a pre-Hellenic word of unknown origin.
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Hephaestus [(hi-fes-tuhs, hi-fee-stuhs)]

The Greek name of Vulcan, the Greek and Roman god of fire and metalworking.

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