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Averno

[uh-vur-noh; Italian ah-ver-naw] /əˈvɜr noʊ; Italian ɑˈvɛr nɔ/
noun
1.
a crater lake in S Italy, near Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea, thought by ancients to be the entrance to the underworld.
Ancient Avernus.
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Averno

/Italian aˈvɛrno/
noun
1.
a crater lake in Italy, near Naples: in ancient times regarded as an entrance to hell Latin name Avernus (əˈvɜːnəs)
Word Origin
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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