Erebus (ĕr`ĭbəs), in Greek religion and mythology, personification of darkness. According to Hesiod, Erebus sprang from Chaos and was the father of Day. His name was sometimes used for Hades.
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an active volcano on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Mount Erebus, rising to a maximum elevation of 3,794 m, is composed of basalts and tuffs. Its main crater, which has a diameter of 850 m and a depth of 275 m, is situated at an elevation of 3,743 m. Below the main crater there is a smaller crater. Steam and gas clouds and geysers have been observed during eruptions. Mount Erebus was discovered in 1841 by a British expedition led by J. Ross and was named after one of the expedition’s ships.
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personification and god of darkness. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 381]
god of underground darkness. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 319]
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Mount. a volcano in Antarctica, on Ross Island: discovered by Sir James Ross in 1841 and named after his ship. Height: 3794 m (12 448 ft.)
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