Usage Greek Mythology
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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 8/28/2014
Derived from either the Greek noun αἴθαλος (aithalos) meaning "thick smoke, smoky flame" or the Greek noun αἰθάλη (aithale) meaning "soot". Also compare the Greek adjective αἰθαλέος (aithaleos) meaning "smoky". All of the aforementioned words are ultimately derived from the Greek noun αἰθος (aithos) meaning "fire, burning heat", which itself is derived from the Greek verb αἴθω (aitho) meaning "to ignite, to light (up), to kindle, to burn".