from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology The goddess of love and beauty. Also called Cytherea.
Greek Aphrodītē, of Phoenician origin; see ʿṯtr in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Ἀφροδίτη, usually connected with ἀφρός (aphrós, "sea foam, froth"), but possibly of Semitic origin. (Wiktionary)