from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mythology An ancient Semitic goddess of love and war, being the Phoenician, Syrian, and Canaanite counterpart to Ishtar. In the Bible, her name sometimes appears in the plural, perhaps referring to a group of goddesses. Also called Ashtoreth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A Semitic goddess of fertility, sexuality, and war. Name is derived from known from Northwestern Semitic regions, and is cognate in name, origin, and functions with the goddess Ishtar in Mesopotamian texts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of bivalve mollusks, common on the coasts of America and Europe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principal female divinity of the Phenicians, properly a chaste deity, goddess of the moon or of the heavens, but frequently confounded with the unchaste Ashera.
- n. The moon.
- n. [NL.] A genus of bivalve shells, formerly of great extent and referred to a family Cyprinidæ, now restricted and made the type of a family Astartidæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ancient Phoenician goddess of love and fertility; the Phoenician counterpart to Ishtar
Greek Astartē, of Phoenician origin; see ʿṯtr in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Αστάρτη (Astártē). (Wiktionary)