"The destroyer". In the new testament of the Bible, Apollyon is called the angel of the bottomless pit. Abaddon, a poetic name for the land of the dead in the old testament, is Apollyon’s Greek translation from the Hebrew language. Apollyon, in early Christian literature, is a name for the devil. He is identified as an angel of death, “hideous to behold, with scales like a fish, wings like a dragon, bear’s feet, and a lion’s mouth.”

from: Christian Mythology, Greek and Roman Mythology

A*pol"ly*on (#), n. [Gr. destroying, fr. , , to destroy utterly; from, entirely + to destroy.]

The Destroyer; -- a name used (Rev. ix. 11) for the angel of the bottomless pit, answering to the Hebrew Abaddon.


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