Aphrodite

Aphrodite

[af-ruh-dahy-tee]
noun
the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus.
Also called Anadyomene, Cypris, Cytherea.
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Aphrodite (ˌæfrəˈdaɪtɪ)
 
n
Greek myth Roman counterpart: Venus, Also called: Cytherea the goddess of love and beauty, daughter of Zeus

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Aphrodite
Gk. goddess of love and beauty; by the ancients, her name was derived from Gk. aphros "foam," from the story of her birth, but perhaps it is ult. from Phoenician Ashtaroth (Assyrian Ishtar). In 17c. Eng., pronounced to rhyme with night, right, etc.
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Aphrodite [(af-ruh-deye-tee)]

[Roman name Venus]

The Greek and Roman goddess of love and beauty; the mother of Eros and Aeneas. In what may have been the first beauty contest, Paris awarded her the prize (the apple of discord), choosing her over Hera and Athena as the most beautiful goddess (see Judgment of Paris). She was thought to have been born out of the foam of the sea and is thus often pictured rising from the water, notably in The Birth of Venus, by Botticelli.

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