Definitions for vulcanˈvʌl kən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Vul•canˈvʌl kən(n.)

  1. the Roman god of fire and metalworking: identified with the Greek god Hephaestus.

    Category: Mythology

  2. a hypothetical planet nearest the sun whose existence was erroneously postulated to account for perturbations in Mercury's orbit.

    Category: Astronomy

Origin of Vulcan:

1505–15; < L Vulcānus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Vulcan(noun)

    (Roman mythology) god of fire and metal working; counterpart of Greek Hephaestus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vulcan(noun)

    the god of fire, who presided over the working of metals; -- answering to the Greek Hephaestus


  1. Vulcan

    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.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Vulcan

    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.

Translations for vulcan

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a hill or mountain with an opening through which molten rock, ashes etc periodically erupt, or have erupted in the past, from inside the earth

The village was destroyed when the volcano erupted.

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