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 for Venus''s comb
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Venus \Ve"nus\ (v[=e]"n[u^]s), 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.
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     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.
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     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.
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     4. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of marine bivalve
        shells of the genus Venus or family Veneridae. 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.
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     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 (Zool.), 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.
        Murex+({Murex+tenuispinus">(b) (Zool.) 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 (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), 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. (Zool.) Same as Venus's basket, above.
  
     Venus's shell. (Zool.)
        (a) Any species of Cypraea; 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) (Zool.) Any heteropod shell of the genus Carinaria.
            See Carinaria.
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