Styx

Styx

[stiks]
noun Classical Mythology.
a river in the underworld, over which the souls of the dead were ferried by Charon, and by which the gods swore their most solemn oaths.
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Styx (stɪks)
 
n
Greek myth a river in Hades across which Charon ferried the souls of the dead
 
[from Greek Stux; related to stugein to hate]

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Styx
late 14c., the Gk. river of the Underworld, cognate with Gk. stygos "hatred," stygnos "gloomy." Oaths sworn by it were supremely binding and even the gods feared to break them. The adj. is Stygian.
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Styx [(stiks)]

In classical mythology, one of the rivers of Hades, across which Charon ferried the souls of the dead. The gods occasionally swore by the river Styx. When they did so, their oath was unbreakable.

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