from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The goddess of justice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The Greek goddess of stars and justice; similar to Dike, equivalent to the Roman goddess Justitia.
  • proper n. 5 Astraea, the asteroid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name sometimes given to the sign Virgo.
  • n. The 5th planetoid, discovered at Driesen by Henke in 1845.
  • n. [NL.] In zoology, a genus of fixed coralligenous zoöphytes, or stone-corals, typical of the family Astræidæ, or star-corals. See star-coral. Also spelled Astrea.


From the ancient Greek, Ἀστραῖα; "star maiden". (Wiktionary)



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