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[ish-tahr] /ˈɪʃ tɑr/
the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of love and war, identified with the Phoenician Astarte, the Semitic Ashtoreth, and the Sumerian Inanna.
Also called Mylitta. Unabridged
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  • The portents taken through observation of the position of Ishtar or Venus in the heavens were of especial value.

  • There was in the worship of Ishtar wailing for Tammuz (Adonis).

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • In the crisis of the Deluge we are told, 'Ishtar spoke like a little child, the great goddess pronounced her discourse.

  • Ishtar could not be an exception to the general principle and remain unmated.

    Chaldea Znade A. Ragozin
  • Ishtar is thus the mother of men, herself deified and gone into the heavens, but even there mourning over her hapless children.

  • Then Ishtar ascended the wall of the city, and standing there cursed Izdubar.

    Chaldea Znade A. Ragozin
  • Accordingly he bids Tsaidu return to the mountains, taking with him Ukhut, one of the sacred women of the temple of Ishtar.

British Dictionary definitions for Ishtar


the principal goddess of the Babylonians and Assyrians; divinity of love, fertility, and war
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Word Origin and History for Ishtar

ancient Sumero-Babylonian goddess of love and fertility, counterpart of Phoenician Astarte (q.v.), from Akkad. Ishtar.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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