noun \hi-ˈfes-təs, -ˈfēs-\

Definition of HEPHAESTUS

:  the Greek god of fire and metalworking — compare vulcan


Latin, from Greek Hēphaistos
First Known Use: 1658

Rhymes with HEPHAESTUS


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Greek god of fire. He was originally a deity of Asia Minor and nearby islands (especially Lemnos); his Roman counterpart was Vulcan. Born lame, or crippled at an early age, he was cast out of heaven by his parents, Zeus and Hera. His wife was Aphrodite, goddess of love. He was the patron of smiths and craftsman and was often depicted working at his forge. Volcanoes were believed to be the fires of his workshops.

Variants of HEPHAESTUS

Hephaestus or Hephaistos


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