Definitions for phoenixˈfi nɪks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

phoe•nixˈfi nɪks(n.)

  1. (sometimes cap.) a fabulous bird that after a life of five or six centuries immolates itself on a pyre and rises from the ashes to begin a new cycle of years: often an emblem of immortality or of reborn idealism or hope.

    Category: Mythology

  2. a person or thing that has been restored after suffering calamity or apparent annihilation.

Origin of phoenix:

bef. 900; ME, OE fenix < L phoenīx < Gk phoînīx

Phoe•nixˈfi nɪks(n.)

  1. the capital of Arizona, in the central part. 1,159,014.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Phoenix, capital of Arizona(noun)

    the state capital and largest city located in south central Arizona; situated in a former desert that has become a prosperous agricultural area thanks to irrigation

  2. phoenix, genus Phoenix(noun)

    a large monocotyledonous genus of pinnate-leaved palms found in Asia and Africa

  3. phoenix(noun)

    a legendary Arabian bird said to periodically burn itself to death and emerge from the ashes as a new phoenix; according to most versions only one phoenix lived at a time and it renewed itself every 500 years

  4. Phoenix(noun)

    a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Tucana and Sculptor

Wiktionary

  1. phoenix(Noun)

    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.

  2. phoenix(Noun)

    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.

  3. Phoenix(ProperNoun)

    A mythical firebird; especially the sacred one from ancient Egyptian mythology

  4. Phoenix(ProperNoun)

    A spring constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble the mythical bird. It lies north of Tucana.

  5. Phoenix(ProperNoun)

    A character in the Iliad and father of Adonis in Greek mythology or a different character in Greek mythology, brother of Europa and Cadmus

  6. Phoenix(ProperNoun)

    The capital city of Arizona, United States.

  7. Phoenix(ProperNoun)

    A nickname sometimes used for Japan after World War II.

  8. Origin: From phoenix, from φοῖνιξ, Φοῖνιξ

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phoenix(noun)

    same as Phenix

  2. Phoenix(noun)

    a genus of palms including the date tree

Freebase

  1. Phoenix

    Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the U.S. state of Arizona, as well as the sixth most populous city in the United States of America, and is also the most populous state capital in the United States. Phoenix is home to 1,445,632 people according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data. It is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area and is the 12th largest metro area by population in the United States with about 4.2 million people in 2010. In addition, Phoenix is the county seat of Maricopa County and is one of the largest cities in the United States by land area. Phoenix was incorporated as a city in 1881, after being founded in 1861 near the Salt River close to its confluence with the Gila River. The city has a notable and famous political culture and has been home to numerous influential American politicians, including Barry Goldwater, William Rehnquist, John McCain, Carl Hayden, and Sandra Day O'Connor. Residents of the city are known as Phoenicians. Located in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has a subtropical desert climate. In summer, average high temperatures are typically over 100 °F.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Phoenix

    a bird which was fabled at the end of certain cycles of time to immolate itself in flames, and rise renewed in youth from the ashes. It has become the appropriate symbol of the death-birth that ever introduces a new era in the history of the world, and is employed by Carlyle in "Sartor" as symbol of the crisis through which the present generation is now passing, the conflagration going on appearing nowise as a mere conflagration, but the necessary preliminary of a new time, with the germinating principles of which it is pregnant.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

phoenix(noun)

a mythological bird that burns itself and is born again from its own ashes.

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