Pronunciation: (a-stär'tē), [key]
1. an ancient Semitic deity, goddess of fertility and reproduction worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites.
2. (l.c.) Also called chestnut clam. any of several marine bivalve mollusks of the genus Astarte, having a somewhat triangular, chestnut-brown shell.
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