Definition of Venus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈviːnəs/
1 Roman Mythology A goddess, worshipped as the goddess of love in classical Rome though apparently a spirit of kitchen gardens in earlier times. Greek equivalent Aphrodite.
1.1 (as noun a Venus) literary A beautiful woman.
Example sentences
  • With incredible rapidity Renoir began painting firm-breasted Venuses on hundreds of vases and plates.
  • Lacan would have approved of Titian's Venuses.
  • Each of the primitive-looking Venuses gazed at a raw stone elevated on a nearby pedestal of equal height.
2 Astronomy The second planet from the sun in the solar system, the brightest celestial object after the sun and moon and frequently appearing in the twilight sky as the evening or morning star.

Venus orbits between Mercury and the earth at an average distance of 108 million km from the sun. It is almost equal in size to the earth, with a diameter of 12,104 km, and shows phases similar to the moon. The planet is completely covered by clouds consisting chiefly of sulphuric acid droplets, and no surface detail can be seen by telescope. There is a dense atmosphere of carbon dioxide, which traps the heat of the sun by the greenhouse effect to produce a surface temperature of 460°C. The planet has no natural satellite.

3 (also venus, Venus shell, or (chiefly US ) Venus clam) A burrowing marine bivalve mollusc with clearly defined growth lines on the shell.
  • Venus, Venerupis, and other genera, family Veneridae.
Example sentences
  • The saffron ladened spaghetti is topped with the outer ring of tomatoes and two Venus clams out of shell.
  • An excellent eating clam, Venus clams are slightly larger and more economical than Manilas or Little Necks.
  • Far fewer numbers of Venus shells, whether ancient or contemporary, show signs of predation.

Words that rhyme with Venus

genus, intravenous, Maecenas, Malvinas, Salinas, venous

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