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[er-uh-buh s] /ˈɛr ə bəs/
Classical Mythology. the darkness under the earth, imagined either as the abode of sinners after death or of all the dead.
Mount, a volcano in Antarctica, on Ross Island. 13,202 feet (4024 meters).
Origin of Erebus
< Latin < Greek Érebos; cognate with Armenian erek evening, Sanskrit rájas darkness, Gothic riquis darkness Unabridged
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  • He no longer saw the shades of meaning in her face, but in the blackness of Erebus he could have sensed her presence at his side.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • They had reached the gate where Erebus waited, when Russell took off his hat.

    Macaria Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
  • His head, borne upon his lyre now for ever mute, has been cast upon the shore of Erebus.

  • There are others as dark as Erebus who would have done nothing of the sort.

    A Black Adonis Linn Boyd Porter
  • Erebus (Er′ebus), son of Chaos, one of the gods of Hades, sometimes alluded to as representing the infernal regions.

  • I heard Mr Dunning, as he passed me, apostrophising the night as dark as Erebus.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • Hadji left Erebus on board this vessel, and returned to the chebec to carry out the orders of Pog.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • Only a few miles to the west the Erebus and Terror were lost.

  • It is now nearly one o'clock, and in half an hour the night will be as dark as Erebus.

    Graustark George Barr McCutcheon
  • With him ruled the goddess of Night and their son was Erebus, god of Darkness.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
British Dictionary definitions for Erebus


noun (Greek myth)
the god of darkness, son of Chaos and brother of Night
the darkness below the earth, thought to be the abode of the dead or the region they pass through on their way to Hades


Mount Erebus, a volcano in Antarctica, on Ross Island: discovered by Sir James Ross in 1841 and named after his ship. Height: 3794 m (12 448 ft)
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Word Origin and History for Erebus

"place of darkness between earth and Hades," from Latin Erebus, from Greek Erebos, of unknown origin, perhaps from Semitic (cf. Hebrew erebh "sunset, evening"), or from PIE *regw-es- "darkness." Used figuratively of darkness from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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