Definitions for aphroditeˌæf rəˈdaɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Aph•ro•di•teˌæf rəˈdaɪ ti(n.)

  1. the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus.

    Category: Mythology

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Aphrodite, Cytherea(noun)

    goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Zeus in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Venus

Wiktionary

  1. Aphrodite(ProperNoun)

    The goddess of beauty and love, born when Cronus castrated Uranus and threw his genitalia into the sea.

  2. aphrodite(Noun)

    A soft and earthy mineral of a white or yellowish color, and with a waxy lustre, found at Langbanshytta in Sweden. It is a hydrated silicate of magnesia, and resembles meerschaum.

  3. Origin: From Ἀφροδίτη, usually connected with ἀφρός, but possibly of origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aphrodite(noun)

    the Greek goddess of love, corresponding to the Venus of the Romans

  2. Aphrodite(noun)

    a large marine annelid, covered with long, lustrous, golden, hairlike setae; the sea mouse

  3. Aphrodite(noun)

    a beautiful butterfly (Argunnis Aphrodite) of the United States

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  1. Aphrodite

    Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus. According to Hesiod's Theogony, she was born when Cronus cut off Uranus's genitals and threw them into the sea, and she arose from the sea foam. According to Homer's Iliad, she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. Because of her beauty, other gods feared that their rivalry over her would interrupt the peace among them and lead to war, so Zeus married her to Hephaestus, who, because of his ugliness and deformity, was not seen as a threat. Aphrodite had many lovers—both gods, such as Ares, and men, such as Anchises. She played a role in the Eros and Psyche legend, and later was both Adonis's lover and his surrogate mother. Many lesser beings were said to be children of Aphrodite. Aphrodite is also known as Cytherea and Cypris after the two cult sites, Cythera and Cyprus, which claimed to be her place of birth. Myrtle, doves, sparrows, horses, and swans were said to be sacred to her. The ancient Greeks identified her with the Ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor. Aphrodite had many other names, such as Acidalia, Cytherea and Cerigo, each used by a different local cult of the goddess in Greece. The Greeks recognized all of these names as referring to the single goddess Aphrodite, despite the slight differences in what these local cults believed the goddess demanded of them. The Attic philosophers of the 4th century, however, drew a distinction between a celestial Aphrodite of transcendent principles, and a separate, "common" Aphrodite who was the goddess of the people.

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