phoenix

If you want to see a phoenix, simply locate a unicorn or a centaur, and then you'll be in the right neighborhood. A phoenix is a mythical bird known for rising from its ashes. Don't try that at home!

Accordingly to ancient legend, the phoenix is a bird that cyclically burns to death and is reborn from its own ashes. For this reason, the phoenix often serves as a symbol of renewal and rebirth. The name of Phoenix, Arizona is a direct reference to this idea; Phoenix was built upon the ruins of a civilization that had collapsed long before, apparently due to drought.

Definitions of phoenix
  1. noun
    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
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    type of:
    mythical being
    an imaginary being of myth or fable
  2. noun
    a large monocotyledonous genus of pinnate-leaved palms found in Asia and Africa
    synonyms: genus Phoenix
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    type of:
    liliopsid genus, monocot genus
    genus of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed
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