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1 the state capital and largest city of Arizona; situated in a former desert that has become a prosperous agricultural center thanks to irrigation [syn: capital of Arizona]
2 a large monocotyledonous genus of pinnate-leaved palms found in Asia and Africa [syn: genus Phoenix]
3 a legendary Arabian bird said to periodically burn itself to death and emerge from the ashes as a new phoenix; according to most versions only one phoenix lived at a time and it renewed itself every 500 years
4 a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Tucana and Sculptor

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Alternative spellings


From phoenix, from (phoinix), the mythical bird first described here:
  • ''There is also another sacred bird called the phœnix which I did not myself see except in painting, for in truth he comes to them very rarely, at intervals, as the people of Heliopolis say, of five hundred years; and these say that he comes regularly when his father dies; and if he be like the painting, he is of this size and nature, that is to say, some of his feathers are of gold colour and others red, and in outline and size he is as nearly as possible like an eagle. This bird they say (but I cannot believe the story) contrives as follows:--setting forth from Arabia he conveys his father, they say, to the temple of the Sun (Helios) plastered up in myrrh, and buries him in the temple of the Sun; and he conveys him thus:--he forms first an egg of myrrh as large as he is able to carry, and then he makes trial of carrying it, and when he has made trial sufficiently, then he hollows out the egg and places his father within it and plasters over with other myrrh that part of the egg where he hollowed it out to put his father in, and when his father is laid in it, it proves (they say) to be of the same weight as it was; and after he has plastered it up, he conveys the whole to Egypt to the temple of the Sun. Thus they say that this bird does. — Herodotus, The Histories'', Book II:73 (G.C. Macaulay translation).


  • , /ˈfiːnɪks/, /"fi:nIks/
  • Rhymes with: -iːnɪks


  1. 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.
  2. 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.


mythological bird
  • Chinese: 凤凰(fenghuang)
  • Croatian: feniks, žar-ptica
  • Danish: føniks
  • Dutch: feniks
  • Esperanto: fenikso
  • Finnish: feeniks
  • French: phénix
  • German: Phönix
  • Greek: φοίνικας (foínikas)
  • Icelandic: fönix
  • Italian: fenice
  • Japanese: (fushichō), (fenikkusu)
  • Korean: 불사조 [不死鳥] (bulsajo)
  • Maltese: Feniċju
  • Norwegian: føniks, ildfugl
  • Polish: feniks
  • Portuguese: fênix (Brazil), fénix (Portugal)
  • Romanian: fenix
  • Russian: феникс /f'éniks/
  • Slovak: fénix
  • Slovene: feniks
  • Spanish: fénix
  • Swedish: fenix
  • Welsh: ffenics
anything reborn after apparently being destroyed
  • Croatian: feniks
  • Dutch: feniks
  • Japanese: (fushichō)
  • Korean: 불사조 [不死鳥] (bulsajo)
  • Norwegian: føniks
  • Portuguese: fênix (Brazil), fénix (Portugal)



  1. a phoenix


Extensive Definition

Phoenix most often refers to:
Phoenix may also refer to:

Arts, literature, entertainment


  • Phoenix (comics), a fictional cosmic entity in the Marvel Comics universe, and the associated characters:
    • "Phoenix", alias of Marvel Comics character Jean Grey
    • "Phoenix", alias of Marvel Comics character Rachel Grey
  • Phoenix (manga), a manga by Osamu Tezuka (original Japanese title: Hi no Tori)
  • Phoenix Ikki, a character from the manga Saint Seiya




Magazines and journals


  • The Phoenix (newspaper), a collective name of alternative weekly newspapers in Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; and Portland, Maine
  • Loyola Phoenix, a newspaper of Loyola University Chicago
  • The Phoenix, a student newspaper of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  • The Phoenix, a student conservative journal of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana



Video and arcade games

Astronomy and space exploration




Maritime (civil) ships and boats

  • Phoenix (boat), steamship built 1806-07, the first steamboat to sail the open ocean
  • Phoenix (ship) or Phenix, a whaling vessel based in Nantucket (1821-1858), discoverer of Winslow Reef
  • Phoenix (of London), nineteenth century whaling vessel based in London and active in the Pacific in the 1820s, discoverer of Phoenix Island (Rawaki)
  • , whaler of New London, sunk in the Stone Fleet, 1861
  • Phoenix of New Bedford, whaler
  • Phoenix (Moore), Captain Hugh Moore. British East India ship, wintered in the Columbia River in 1794
  • Phoenix (Alaska) the first ship built in the Russian colony of Alaska (1794-1799)
  • Sao Jao y Fenix, also known as Fenis and St. Joseph, a 50-foot open boat involved in the Vancouver Expedition
  • Phoenix (tall ship), of Dell Quay

Military, naval and air forces


  • HMS Phoenix, the name of fifteen ships in the Royal Navy
  • USS Phoenix, the name of several ships in United States Navy



  • Phoenix (mythology), a mythical bird that dies in flames and is reborn from the ashes
  • Fenghuang, the Asian phoenix
  • Phoenix (Iliad), a character in the Iliad, tutor of Achilles and father of Adonis; or a different character in Greek mythology, brother of Europa and Cadmus
  • Phoenix (son of Agenor), in Greek mythology was a son of Agenor



Other uses

The Phoenix Sorority, New York City Fellowship organization for young women
phoenix in Catalan: Phoenix
phoenix in Czech: Phoenix
phoenix in Danish: Føniks (flertydig)
phoenix in German: Phönix
phoenix in Modern Greek (1453-): Φοίνικας
phoenix in Esperanto: Fenikso
phoenix in Spanish: Phoenix (desambiguación)
phoenix in Finnish: Feeniks (täsmennyssivu)
phoenix in French: Phoenix
phoenix in Hebrew: פניקס
phoenix in Croatian: Phoenix
phoenix in Hungarian: Főnix (egyértelműsítő lap)
phoenix in Indonesian: Phoenix
phoenix in Italian: Phoenix
phoenix in Japanese: フェニックス (曖昧さ回避)
phoenix in Korean: 피닉스
phoenix in Kurdish: Phoenix
phoenix in Lithuanian: Feniksas (reikšmės)
phoenix in Latvian: Phoenix
phoenix in Dutch: Phoenix
phoenix in Norwegian: Phoenix (andre betydninger)
phoenix in Polish: Feniks (ujednoznacznienie)
phoenix in Portuguese: Phoenix
phoenix in Romanian: Phoenix (dezambiguizare)
phoenix in Russian: Феникс (значения)
phoenix in Slovak: Phoenix
phoenix in Swedish: Phoenix
phoenix in Thai: ฟีนิกซ์
phoenix in Volapük: Phoenix
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