One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The portal or entrance of hell, especially regarded as an embodiment or symbol of evil or vice. Frequently without article, as a proper name.
Old English. From hell + gate. Compare Old Frisian hilleporte, Old Saxon helliporta (Middle Low German hellepōrte), Old High German helliphorta (Middle High German helleporte, hellephorte, German Höllenpforte); compare also Old Icelandic helgrindr.
hell gate/ˈhɛl ɡeɪt/
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