Meaning of “phoenix” in the English Dictionary

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"phoenix" in British English

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phoenixnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈfiː.nɪks/ 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).

(Definition of “phoenix” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)