1. Roman Mythology The goddess of love and beauty.
2. The second planet from the sun, having an average radius of 6,052 kilometers (3,761 miles), a mass 0.82 times that of Earth, and a sidereal period of revolution about the sun of 224.7 days at a mean distance of approximately 108.2 million kilometers (67.2 million miles).
[Middle English, from Old English, from Latin, love, Venus; see wen-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(click for a larger image)Venus
false-color image produced from radar images taken by the Magellan probe
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