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The pronunciation with stress on the second syllable is probably more common, but the version with initial stress is based on the Latin pronunciation and may be older.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈæpəfɪs/, /əˈpɒfɪs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈæpəfəs/, /əˈpɑfəs/
- (Egyptian mythology) An evil snake-god who tries to devour the sun every night.
- Synonym: Apep
- (astronomy) An asteroid that formerly had a high risk of collision with Earth.
- 2021 May 10, Kenneth Chang, “Bye-Bye, Bennu: NASA Heads Back to Earth With Asteroid Stash in Tow”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- The spacecraft’s navigators have worked out a trajectory that would take it to the asteroid Apophis in April 2029, just after that object, a bit smaller than Bennu, zips within an uncomfortably close but still safe 20,000 miles from Earth.
an evil snake-god who tries to devour the sun every night