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phoenix

noun [C usually singular] uk   us   /ˈfiː.nɪks/
in ancient stories, an imaginary bird that set fire to itself every 500 years and was born again, rising from its ashes (= the powder left after its body has been burned): The town was bombed but was then rebuilt and rose from the ashes like a/the phoenix (= was just as good as before).
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