Tartarean

adjective
Tar·​tar·​e·​an | \ tär-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce Tartarean (audio) \

Definition of Tartarean

: of, relating to, or resembling Tartarus : infernal were thrown headlong … into the Tartarean abyss— Edward Gibbon

First Known Use of Tartarean

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Tartarean

Latin tartareus, from Greek tartareios, from Tartaros Tartarus

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The first known use of Tartarean was in 1592

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