from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology See Aphrodite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of siphonate bivalve mollusks, of the family Veneridæ, founded by Lamarck in 1806.
- n. A genus of monocotyledonous plants of the family Orchidaceæ. See Calypso, 1.
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- n. goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Zeus in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Venus
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[2008 / 09 / 12 18: 59] Prokofy Neva: I saw that Sarah Nerd called Cytherea a bad name -- good!
It is a skilful art, nevertheless, and "Cytherea" confirms a judgment long held that Mr. Hergesheimer is one of the most skilful craftsmen in English in our day.
In "Cytherea" the less lovely, but equally moral Fanny loses her Lee because she cannot satisfy his longings and nags when she fails.
His second book depends largely upon the craving for sex experience, in which it resembles Mr. Hergesheimer's "Cytherea," but also plays heavily upon the motive of escape, and upon sheer curiosity.
Cytherea was an island near the point where Venus emerged from the ocean. back
Next in order had been wrought Cytherea with drooping tresses, wielding the swift shield of Ares; and from her shoulder to her left arm the fastening of her tunic was loosed beneath her breast; and opposite in the shield of bronze her image appeared clear to view as she stood.
Thus she spake, and Hera took her slender hand and gently smiling, replied: “Perform this task, Cytherea, straightway, as thou sayest; and be not angry or contend with thy boy; he will cease hereafter to vex thee.”
And when the bright goddess had fully clothed herself, she stood by the couch, and her head reached to the well-hewn roof-tree; from her cheeks shone unearthly beauty such as belongs to rich-crowned Cytherea.
Her gods and men call Aphrodite, and the foam-born goddess and rich-crowned Cytherea, because she grew amid the foam, and Cytherea because she reached Cythera, and
Cyprian, who stirs up sweet passion in the gods and subdues the tribes of mortal men and birds that fly in air and all the many creatures that the dry land rears, and all the sea: all these love the deeds of rich-crowned Cytherea.