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Astarte

[a-stahr-tee]
noun
  1. an ancient Semitic deity, goddess of fertility and reproduction worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites.
  2. (lowercase) Also called chestnut clam. any of several marine bivalve mollusks of the genus Astarte, having a somewhat triangular, chestnut-brown shell.
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Examples from the Web for astarte

Historical Examples

  • Eva and Tancred had talked to him of gods; Astarte had shown them to him.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Upon his right was the fane to which Astarte led him on his visit of initiation.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • But, even apart from Astarte, this worship may be proven on other evidence.

    Moon Lore

    Timothy Harley

  • Astarte would like to know how to make a baby's woollen jacket.

  • Was not the temple of Astarte full of her women-worshippers and of her eunuchs?


British Dictionary definitions for astarte

Astarte

noun
  1. a fertility goddess worshipped by the Phoenicians: identified with Ashtoreth of the Hebrews and Ishtar of the Babylonians and Assyrians
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Word Origin and History for astarte

Astarte

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

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