d.h. lawrencePosted: February 20, 2011
I love dictionaries:
phoenix |ˈfēniks|noun (in classical mythology) a unique bird that lived for five or six centuries in the Arabian desert, after this time burning itself on a funeral pyre and rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.• a person or thing regarded as uniquely remarkable in some respect.
PHRASES rise like a phoenix from the ashes emerge renewed after apparent disaster or destruction.
ORIGIN from Old French fenix, via Latin from Greek phoinix ‘Phoenician, reddish purple, or phoenix.’ Phoenix 1 |ˈfēniks| |ˈfinɪks| |ˈfiːnɪks| Astronomya southern constellation (the Phoenix), west of Grus.• [as genitive ] ( Phoenicis |fēˈnīsis; -ˈnē-| |fɪˈniːsɪs|) used with a preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in this constellation :the star Delta Phoenicis.
ORIGIN Latin.Phoenix 2 |ˈfinɪks| |ˈfiːnɪks|the capital of Arizona; pop. 1,321,045. Its warm dry climate makes it a popular winter resort.