noun, plural Ve·nus·es for 2.
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Can you imagine flying to Venus in an Apollo-era ship based on the same technology, as some NASA people proposed?To Infinity and Beyond! NASA’s Orion Mission Blasts Off|Matthew R. Francis|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Displays of malformations were obviously often strikingly offensive, none more so than the “Hottentot Venus.”We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus|Anthony Paletta|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Venus Williams Why You Might Know Her: The other half of the famous Williams sister duo has seven majors in her career.12 Things You Didn’t Know About the Quirky Stars of Wimbledon|Nicholas McCarvel|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Venus orbits the Sun within the habitable zone, and is only slightly smaller than Earth.What Does the Discovery of “Another Earth” Mean for Us?|Matthew R. Francis|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
People have taken to calling us the ‘Venus and Serena of media,’ which I think is hysterical.Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland’s Epic Sibling Rivalry|Keli Goff|December 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Cestus, ses′tus, n. the girdle of Venus, which had power to awaken love: an ancient boxing-glove loaded with lead or iron.
Is it not unreasonable to assert that Mars, or Venus, in a certain position, should produce adulteries?Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4|Plotinos (Plotinus)
In the month of Adar (12th month) Venus disappeared on the 25th day at sunrise.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria|Morris Jastrow
Venus was an ark brooded over by a dove, or the moon floating on the water.The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II.|Annie Besant
Earth-beef tasted too strong; Venus seaweed stew had a pungency that he didn't like.Runaway|William Morrison
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Word Origin and History for venus
Old English, from Latin Venus (plural veneres), in ancient Roman mythology, the goddess of beauty and love, especially sensual love, from venus "love, sexual desire, loveliness, beauty, charm," from PIE root *wen- "to strive after, wish, desire, be satisfied" (cf. Sanskrit vanas- "desire," vanati "desires, loves, wins;" Avestan vanaiti "he wishes, is victorious;" Old English wynn "joy," wunian "to dwell," wenian "to accustom, train, wean," wyscan "to wish"). Applied by the Romans to Greek Aphrodite, Egyptian Hathor, etc. Meaning "second planet from the sun" is attested from late 13c. (Old English had morgensteorra and æfensteorra).
The venus fly-trap (Dionæa muscipula) was discovered 1760 by Gov. Arthur Dobbs in North Carolina and description sent to Collinson in England. The Algonquian name for the plant, titipiwitshile, yielded regional American English tippity wichity.
Science definitions for venus
Culture definitions for venus (1 of 2)
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In astronomy, the second major planet from the sun, named for the Roman goddess of love. The surface of Venus is very hot and covered with clouds. Spacecraft from the former Soviet Union landed on Venus and survived long enough to send back photographs and measurements. (See solar system; see under “Mythology and Folklore.”)