(Roman mythology) god of fire and metal working; counterpart of Greek Hephaestus
the god of fire, who presided over the working of metals; -- answering to the Greek Hephaestus
Origin: [L. Vulcanus, Volcanus: cf. Skr. ulk a firebrand, meteor. Cf. Volcano.]
In ancient Roman religion and myth, Vulcan is the god of fire including the fire of volcanoes. Vulcan is often depicted with a blacksmith's hammer. The Vulcanalia was the annual festival held August 23 in his honor. His Greek counterpart is Hephaestus, the god of fire and smithery. In Etruscan religion, he is identified with Sethlans. The god belongs to the most ancient stage of Roman religion: Varro citing the Annales Maximi, recalls that king Titus Tatius had dedicated altars to a series of deities among which Vulcan is mentioned.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
vul′kan, n. (Roman myth.) the god of fire.—n. Vulcanā′lia, an ancient Roman, festival in honour of Vulcan, held on 23d August.—adjs. Vulcā′nian, pertaining to Vulcan, or to one who works in iron; Vulcan′ic (same as Volcanic).—n. Vulcanic′ity, volcanicity.—adj. Vulcanī′sable.—n. Vulcanisā′-tion.—v.t. Vul′canise, to combine with sulphur by heat, as caoutchouc—v.i. to admit of such treatment.—ns. Vul′canism, volcanism; Vul′canist, a supporter of the Huttonian theory in geology which asserted the igneous origin of such rocks as basalt; Vul′canite, the harder of the two kinds of vulcanised india-rubber or caoutchouc, the softer kind being called soft-rubber. [L. Vulcanus.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the Roman god of fire and an artificer In metals, identified with the Greek Hephæstus (q. v.); had a temple to his honour in early Rome; was fabled to have had a forge under Mount Etna, where he manufactured thunderbolts for Jupiter, the Cyclops being his workmen.
The numerical value of Vulcan in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of Vulcan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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