Astarte

Astarte

[a-stahr-tee]
noun
1.
an ancient Semitic deity, goddess of fertility and reproduction worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites.
2.
(lowercase) . Also called chestnut clam. any of several marine bivalve mollusks of the genus Astarte, having a somewhat triangular, chestnut-brown shell.
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Astarte (æˈstɑːtɪ)
 
n
a fertility goddess worshipped by the Phoenicians: identified with Ashtoreth of the Hebrews and Ishtar of the Babylonians and Assyrians

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Astarte
Phoenician goddess identical with Gk. Aphrodite, from Gk. Astarte, from Phoenician Astoreth.
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