Definitions of venus

  1. goddess of love; counterpart of Greek Aphrodite
  2. genus of the family Veneridae: genus of edible clams with thick oval shells
  3. The goddess of beauty and love, that is, beauty or love deified.
  4. One of the planets, the second in order from the sun, its orbit lying between that of Mercury and that of the Earth, at a mean distance from the sun of about 67, 000, 000 miles. Its diameter is 7, 700 miles, and its sidereal period 224. 7 days. As the morning star, it was called by the ancients Lucifer; as the evening star, Hesperus.
  5. Any one of numerous species of marine bivalve shells of the genus Venus or family Veneridae. Many of these shells are large, and ornamented with beautiful frills; others are smooth, glossy, and handsomely colored. Some of the larger species, as the round clam, or quahog, are valued for food.
  6. The metal copper; - probably so designated from the ancient use of the metal in making mirrors, a mirror being still the astronomical symbol of the planet Venus.
  7. A bright planet whose orbit is between those of Mercury and the earth, hence second from the sun: formerly called Lucifer when star of morning, and Hesperus when star of evening.
  8. ( Latin myth.) The goddess of love: beauty and love deified: the most brilliant of the planets, second in order from the sun.
  9. Goddess of love and beauty; second planet from the sun.
  10. The second planet from the sun.
  11. The goddess of love and beauty, who is fabled to have first emerged into being out of the foam of the sea; one of the inferior planets, whose orbit is between the Earth and Mercury; a name given to copper; a genus of bivalve molluscs, including the common clam Venus de Medici, one of the most celebrated and beautiful sculptures of Grecian art, preserved in the Uffizi Gallery, at Florence. Venus's Comb, a plant of the genus scandix. Venues Fly- Trap, a plant of the genus dionaea. Venus's Looking- Glass, an annual trailing plant of the genus campanula. Venus's Navel- Wort, a plant of the genue ompbalodes. Venus's Sumach, the wild olive. Venus's Flower- basket, a delicate siliceous sponge.
  12. In anc. myth., the goddess of beauty and love; the planet second in distance from the sun.