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
phoenixlikeplay \ˈfē-niks-ˌlīk\ adjective
Recent Examples of phoenix from the Web
The problems have common names like queen palm decline, bud rot, Texas phoenix palm decline and lethal yellowing.
PHOENIX — Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman David Parry has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to reduced charges stemming from a Feb. 25 incident in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The past is ablaze, the sky is full of smoke, but the phoenix takes wing.
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Origin and Etymology of phoenix
Middle English fenix, from Old English, from Latin phoenix, from Greek phoinix
First Known Use: before 12th century
PHOENIX Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of Phoenix for English Language Learners
: U.S. city, Arizona
PHOENIX Defined for Kids
Definition of phoenix for Students
: a legendary bird which was thought to live for 500 years, burn itself to death, and rise newborn from the ashes
Definition of Phoenix for Students
city, capital of Arizona
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