Alternative forms 
From Latin phoenīx, from Ancient Greek φοῖνιξ (phoĩnix), 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.
phoenix (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.
- Arabic: عنقاء (ar) (3anqaa'), فينيكس (ar) (finiks)
- Armenian: փյունիկ (hy) (p’yunik)
- Bulgarian: феникс (bg) (feniks) m
- Catalan: fènix (ca) m
- Cherokee: ᏧᎴᎯᏌᏅᎯ (chr)
- Mandarin: 鳳凰 (cmn), 凤凰 (cmn) (fènghuáng)
- Danish: føniks (da) c
- Dutch: feniks (nl) m
- Esperanto: fenikso (eo)
- Faroese: føniks (fo) m
- Finnish: feeniks (fi)
- French: phénix (fr) m
- Galician: fénix (gl) f
- German: Phönix (de)
- Greek: φοίνικας (el) (foínikas) m
- Hebrew: עוף החול (he)
- Hindi: अमरपक्षी (hi) (amarapakṣī)
- Hungarian: főnix (hu)
- Icelandic: fönix (is) m
- Ido: fenixo (io)
- Italian: fenice (it) f
- Japanese: 鳳凰 (ja) (ほうおう, hōō), 朱雀 (ja) (すざく, suzaku), 不死鳥 (ja) (ふしちょう, fushichō), 火の鳥 (ja) (ひのとり, hinotori), フェニックス (ja) (fenikkusu)
anything reborn after apparently being destroyed
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- Indonesian: phoenix
- Persian: سیمرغ (simorgh)
- ^ Maria Carmela Betrò, Hieroglyphics: The Writings of Ancient Egypt (Abbeville, 1996), 108.
phoenīx (genitive phoenīcis); f, third declension
1 May also be phoenīcīs.
phoenīx m, f, n, (genitive phoenīcis); third declension
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