Avernus

Avernus, a deep lake in Italy, near Naples, 1½ m. in circumference, occupying the crater of an extinct volcano, at one time surrounded by a dark wood, and conceived, from its gloomy appearance, as well as from the mephitic vapours it exhaled, to be the entrance to the infernal world, and identified with it.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Avenzo`ar * Aver`roës
Ava
Av`alon
Avars
Avatar`
Ave Maria
Avebury
Avelli`no
Aventine Hill
Aventi`nus
Avenzo`ar
Avernus
Aver`roës
Aversa
Aveyron`
Avicen`na
Avie`nus, Rufus Festus
Avign`on
A`vila
Avila, Juan d'
Avila y Zinuga
Avlo`na

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Avernus in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable