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[sith-er-uh, si-theer-uh] /ˈsɪθ ər ə, sɪˈθɪər ə/
a Greek island in the Mediterranean, S of Peloponnesus: site of former ancient temple of Aphrodite. 108 sq. mi. (280 sq. km).
Formerly Cerigo
[cher-i-goh] /ˈtʃɛr ɪˌgoʊ/ (Show IPA)
Greek Kíthira
[kee-thee-rah] /ˈki θi rɑ/ (Show IPA)
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  • Cnidos, Paphos, Cythera; you will usually find me at one of these places.

    Ixion In Heaven Benjamin Disraeli
  • The island of Kythera (Cythera), south of Greece, was the seat of her worship.

  • We see, in drawings emblematical of the musical art, a Cicada resting on strings of a Cythera.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • No; it would be impossible for anything to be less like Cythera.

    Hypolympia Edmund Gosse
  • Cythera, the ancient name of Cerigo; had a magnificent temple to Venus, who was hence called Cytheræa.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • They also took with them a few men from Cythera whom they thought it safest to remove.

  • Cythera, not Citheron, is the island near which Venus rose from the sea, and a famous seat of her worship.

    Palamon and Arcite John Dryden
  • "You are right as to that point, Queen of Cythera," replied Cherami, half rising.

    Monsieur Cherami Charles Paul de Kock
  • The Cyclops, by Philoxenus of Cythera, a poet of the 4th century b.c.

  • "Were members of Cythera's Brigade," supplemented the marquis.

    The Nameless Castle Maurus Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for Cythera


a Greek island off the SE coast of the Peloponnese: in ancient times a centre of the worship of Aphrodite. Pop: 3354 (2001). Area: about 285 sq km (110 sq miles)
the chief town of this island, on the S coast. Pop: 297 (2001)
Modern Greek name Kíthira
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