Venus's girdle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Venus's girdle ctenophore having a ribbon-shaped iridescent gelatinous body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Venus's girdle (Zoöl) 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Venus's girdle a tæniate ctenophoran
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., orig. personified from venus, desire; akin to venerāri, to worship.

Usage

In literature:

The bride's garter is cousin to the girdle of Venus.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Imagine Venus's girdle transformed into a "straight front"!
"The Voice of the City" by O. Henry
Chamisso got it near Behring's Straits and thought that it was more nearly allied to "Venus's Girdle," a Coelenterate.
"Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work" by P. Chalmers Mitchell
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