phoenix

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noun phoe·nix \ˈfē-niks\

Definition of phoenix

  1. :  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

phoenixlike

play \ˈfē-niks-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin and Etymology 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


Phoenix

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geographical name Phoe·nix \ˈfē-niks\

Definition of Phoenix

  1. city on the Salt River in Arizona population 1,445,632 Phoenix is Arizona's capital and its most populous city.

Phoenician

play \fē-ˈni-shən\ noun

PHOENIX Defined for English Language Learners

phoenix

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noun phoe·nix \ˈfē-niks\

Definition of phoenix for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Phoenix

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geographical name Phoe·nix \ˈfē-niks\

Definition of Phoenix for English Language Learners

  • : U.S. city, Arizona


PHOENIX Defined for Kids

phoenix

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noun phoe·nix \ˈfē-niks\

Definition of phoenix for Students

  1. :  a legendary bird which was thought to live for 500 years, burn itself to death, and rise newborn from the ashes


Phoenix

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geographical name Phoe·nix \ˈfē-niks\

Definition of Phoenix for Students

  1. city, capital of Arizona



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