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Avernus

[uh-vur-nuh s] /əˈvɜr nəs/
noun
1.
a lake near Naples, Italy, looked upon in ancient times as an entrance to hell, from whose waters vile-smelling vapors arose, supposedly killing birds flying over it.
2.
hell.
Origin
< Latin < Greek áornos birdless, equivalent to a- a-6 + órn(is) bird + -os adj. suffix
Related forms
Avernal, adjective
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