• IPA: /ˈviːnəs/

venus (plural venuses)

  1. Any of the bivalve molluscs in the genus Venus or family Veneridae.

  • (British) IPA: /ˈviːnəs/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈvinəs/, [ˈvinɪ̈s]
Proper noun
  1. (astronomy) The second planet in our solar system, named for the goddess; represented in astronomy and astrology by ♀.
    • The Illustrated London Almanack 1867, London, page 45:
      Venus rises on the 1st day 1/4 to 5 a.m., and 4h. 25m. a.m. on the last day. [...] She is now beginning to move northward. [...]
  2. (Roman god) The goddess of love, beauty, and natural productivity; the Roman counterpart of Aphrodite.
  3. A female given name
  4. (obsolete) Sexual activity or intercourse; sex, lust, venery.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗:
      , II.ii.2:
      Immoderate Venus in excess, as it is a cause, or in defect; so, moderately used, to some parties an only help, a present remedy.
  5. (poetry) Love; sex.
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