Adiantum Capillus-Veneris

Adiantum Capillus-Veneris
Venus Ve"nus, n. [L. Venus, -eris, the goddess of love, the planet Venus.] 1. (Class. Myth.) The goddess of beauty and love, that is, beauty or love deified. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat.) One of the planets, the second in order from the sun, its orbit lying between that of Mercury and that of the Earth, at a mean distance from the sun of about 67,000,000 miles. Its diameter is 7,700 miles, and its sidereal period 224.7 days. As the morning star, it was called by the ancients {Lucifer}; as the evening star, {Hesperus}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Alchem.) The metal copper; -- probably so designated from the ancient use of the metal in making mirrors, a mirror being still the astronomical symbol of the planet Venus. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of marine bivalve shells of the genus {Venus} or family {Venerid[ae]}. Many of these shells are large, and ornamented with beautiful frills; others are smooth, glossy, and handsomely colored. Some of the larger species, as the round clam, or quahog, are valued for food. [1913 Webster]

{Venus's basin} (Bot.), the wild teasel; -- so called because the connate leaf bases form a kind of receptacle for water, which was formerly gathered for use in the toilet. Also called {Venus's bath}.

{Venus's basket} (Zo["o]l.), an elegant, cornucopia-shaped, hexactinellid sponge ({Euplectella speciosa}) native of the East Indies. It consists of glassy, transparent, siliceous fibers interwoven and soldered together so as to form a firm network, and has long, slender, divergent anchoring fibers at the base by means of which it stands erect in the soft mud at the bottom of the sea. Called also {Venus's flower basket}, and {Venus's purse}.

{Venus's comb}. (a) (Bot.) Same as {Lady's comb}. (b) (Zo["o]l.) A species of {Murex} ({Murex tenuispinus}). It has a long, tubular canal, with a row of long, slender spines along both of its borders, and rows of similar spines covering the body of the shell. Called also {Venus's shell}.

{Venus's fan} (Zo["o]l.), a common reticulated, fanshaped gorgonia ({Gorgonia flabellum}) native of Florida and the West Indies. When fresh the color is purple or yellow, or a mixture of the two.

{Venus's flytrap}. (Bot.) See {Flytrap}, 2.

{Venus's girdle} (Zo["o]l.), a long, flat, ribbonlike, very delicate, transparent and iridescent ctenophore ({Cestum Veneris}) which swims in the open sea. Its form is due to the enormous development of two spheromeres. See Illust. in Appendix.

{Venus's hair} (Bot.), a delicate and graceful fern ({Adiantum Capillus-Veneris}) having a slender, black and shining stem and branches.

{Venus's hair stone} (Min.), quartz penetrated by acicular crystals of rutile.

{Venus's looking-glass} (Bot.), an annual plant of the genus {Specularia} allied to the bellflower; -- also called {lady's looking-glass}.

{Venus's navelwort} (Bot.), any one of several species of {Omphalodes}, low boraginaceous herbs with small blue or white flowers.

{Venus's pride} (Bot.), an old name for Quaker ladies. See under {Quaker}.

{Venus's purse}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Venus's basket}, above.

{Venus's shell}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any species of Cypr[ae]a; a cowrie. (b) Same as {Venus's comb}, above. (c) Same as {Venus}, 4.

{Venus's slipper}. (a) (Bot.) Any plant of the genus {Cypripedium}. See {Lady's slipper}. (b) (Zo["o]l.) Any heteropod shell of the genus {Carinaria}. See {Carinaria}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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