noun phoe·nix \ˈfē-niks\

: a magical bird in ancient stories that lives for 500 years before it burns itself to death and then is born again from its ashes

Full Definition of PHOENIX

:  a legendary bird which according to one account lived 500 years, burned itself to ashes on a pyre, and rose alive from the ashes to live another period; also :  a person or thing likened to the phoenix
phoe·nix·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of PHOENIX

Middle English fenix, from Old English, from Latin phoenix, from Greek phoinix
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, nimbus


geographical name Phoe·nix \ˈfē-niks\

Definition of PHOENIX

city of Arizona on Salt River pop 1,445,632
Phoe·ni·cian \fē-ˈni-shən\ noun


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