1A southern constellation (the Phoenix), west of Grus.
- 1.1Used with a preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in this constellation.‘the star Delta Phoenicis’
- 1.1Used with a preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in this constellation.
The capital of Arizona; population 1,567,924 (est. 2008). Its warm dry climate makes it a popular winter resort.
1(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.
- ‘The phoenix was a mythical bird of ancient Egypt which reputedly burned every 500 years and rose rejuvenated from its ashes.’
- ‘The award is named in recognition of the mythological phoenix, a bird that lived five centuries, died and was reborn from its own ashes.’
- ‘Like the mythical phoenix, which arose in its own ashes, the ram was chosen as a natural symbol of resurrection because of its ability, when shorn, to replenish its stock of wool.’
- ‘A phoenix is a bird that rises from the ashes of its deceased predecessor.’
- ‘Unicorns, elves, leprechauns, phoenixes, griffins, and humans all existed very peacefully together on Earth, until evil was set loose.’
- 1.1A person or thing regarded as uniquely remarkable in some respect.
- ‘It would be wonderful if city planning in Sofia could strike out on a unique, radical path creating a phoenix of a capital suitable for third millennium urban living.’
- ‘He is a phoenix rising from mediocrity, an actor in perpetual renaissance.’
From Old French fenix, via Latin from Greek phoinix Phoenician, reddish purple, or phoenix.