Definitions for vulcanˈvʌl kən
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(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.
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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.
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