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PronouncedPron.WE-noos Classical Latin
VEE-nəs English

Meaning & History

Means "love, sexual desire" in Latin. This was the name of the Roman goddess of love and sex. Her character was assimilated with that of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. As the mother of Aeneas she was considered an ancestor of the Roman people. The second planet from the sun is named after her.
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Roman depiction of Venus, from PompeiiRoman depiction of Venus, from Pompeii


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute