from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A brightly colored butterfly (Argynnis aphrodite) of North America.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A soft and earthy mineral of a white or yellowish color, and with a waxy lustre, found at Langbanshytta in Sweden. It is a hydrated silicate of magnesia, and resembles meerschaum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Greek goddess of love, corresponding to the Venus of the Romans.
- n. A large marine annelid, covered with long, lustrous, golden, hairlike setæ; the sea mouse.
- n. A beautiful butterfly (Argunnis Aphrodite) of the United States.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with their Venus, who was originally a deity of much less importance.
- n. [NL.] In zool.: A genus of chætopodous annelids, typical of the family Aphroditidæ (which see). A genus of lepidopterous insects. Hübner, 1816. A genus of bivalve mollusks. Also written Aphrodita. Isaac Lea.
- n. [lowercase] A variety of meerschaum. It is a hydrous silicate of magnesium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Zeus in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Venus
From Aphrodite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From stem of Ancient Greek ἀφρός (aphrós, "sea foam, froth") (for its supposed resemblance) + -ite. (Wiktionary)