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[a-stahr-tee] /æˈstɑr ti/
an ancient Semitic deity, goddess of fertility and reproduction worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites.
(lowercase). Also called chestnut clam. any of several marine bivalve mollusks of the genus Astarte, having a somewhat triangular, chestnut-brown shell. Unabridged
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  • The careful study of antiquarians points to the fact of its having been formerly the temple of Astarte, the Phœnician Venus.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
  • But, even apart from Astarte, this worship may be proven on other evidence.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • Was it the melancholy of Astarte the painter's art depicted?

    Manners, Vol 3 of 3 Frances Brooke
  • Upon his right was the fane to which Astarte led him on his visit of initiation.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Her passports had been secured and her passage on the Astarte, of the Blue Star line, was arranged for.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Lough Rea, and its connection with the worship of Astarte, 204, 205.

  • Astarte differs from Crassatella in having no internal cartilage in the hinge.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • Rose had been drawn as Astarte inscribing her lover's name on the sand.

    Manners, Vol 3 of 3 Frances Brooke
  • Eva and Tancred had talked to him of gods; Astarte had shown them to him.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Hierapolis, alias Bambyce, or Bembij, was sacred to the worship of Astarte.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
British Dictionary definitions for Astarte


a fertility goddess worshipped by the Phoenicians: identified with Ashtoreth of the Hebrews and Ishtar of the Babylonians and Assyrians
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Astarte

Phoenician goddess identified with Greek Aphrodite, from Greek Astarte, from Phoenician Astoreth.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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