- An example of Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona.
- An example of a phoenix is an Egyptian bird from a myth.
- An example of a phoenix is a gorgeous piece of art work.
- Egypt. Myth. a beautiful, lone bird which lives in the Arabian desert for 500 or 600 years and then sets itself on fire, rising renewed from the ashes to start another long life: a symbol of immortality
- [P-] a S constellation between Eridanus and Grus
Origin of phoenixaltered (infl. by L) from Old English and Old French fenix from Classical Latin phoenix from Classical Greek phoinix, phoenix, dark-red, Phoenician, akin to phoinos, blood-red, deadly
Origin of Phoenixin allusion to the phoenix
- Mythology A bird in Egyptian mythology that lived in the desert for 500 years and then consumed itself by fire, later to rise renewed from its ashes.
- A person or thing of unsurpassed excellence or beauty; a paragon.
- Phoenix A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Tucana and Sculptor.
Origin of phoenixMiddle English fenix from Old EnglishOld French both from Medieval Latin fēnix from Latin phoenix from Greek phoinix
(plural phoenix or phoenixes)
- (mythology) A mythological bird, said to be the only one of its kind, which lives for 500 years and then dies by burning to ashes on a pyre of its own making, ignited by the sun. It then arises anew from the ashes.
- (figuratively) Anything that is reborn after apparently being destroyed. Usually used as a simile.
- Astronomers believe planets might form in this dead star's disk, like the mythical Phoenix rising up out of the ashes.
- (mythology) A mythological Chinese chimerical bird whose physical body symbolizes the six celestial bodies.
From Latin phoenÄ«x, from Ancient Greek Ï†Î¿á¿–Î½Î¹Î¾ (phoÄ©nix), from Egyptian bnw (boinu, “grey heron"). The grey heron was venerated at Heliopolis and associated in Egypt with the cyclical renewal of life because the bird rises in flight at dawn and migrates back every year in the flood season to inhabit the Nile waters.
- (mythology) A mythical firebird; especially the sacred one from ancient Egyptian mythology
- (astronomy) A spring constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble the mythical bird. It lies north of Tucana.
- (Greek mythology) A character in the Iliad and father of Adonis in Greek mythology or a different character in Greek mythology, brother of Europa and Cadmus
- The capital city of Arizona, United States.
- A nickname sometimes used for Japan after World War II.
From Latin phoenÄ«x, from Ancient Greek Ï†Î¿á¿–Î½Î¹Î¾ (phoinix), Î¦Î¿á¿–Î½Î¹Î¾ (Phoinix)
- Alternative spelling of Phoenix.