the second nearest planet to the sun; it is peculiar in that its rotation is slow and retrograde (in the opposite sense of the Earth and all other planets except Uranus); it is visible from Earth as an early `morning star' or an `evening star'
goddess of love; counterpart of Greek Aphrodite
type genus of the family Veneridae: genus of edible clams with thick oval shells
any of various orchids of the genus Paphiopedilum having slender flower stalks bearing 1 to several waxy flowers with pouchlike lips
delicate maidenhair fern with slender shining black leaf stalks; cosmopolitan