Venus symbol

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Venus symbol
Symbol of feminism based on Venus symbol
Coat of arms of Špania Dolina in Slovakia, symbolizing copper mining

The Venus symbol (♀) is a depiction of a circle with a small cross below it. The symbol is historically associated with the Roman goddess Venus or the Greek goddess Aphrodite. It has a Unicode designation of U+2640, and is used in various media to represent things associated in some way with the mythological character, including:

A widely held belief is that it represents a hand mirror (originally often made of bronze), with the top half of the symbol representing the actual mirror, and the bottom half representing the handle of the mirror. However, a more plausible origin of the symbol is it being a contraction of script Greek. [1]

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  1. ^ Stearn, William T. (May 1962). "The Origin of the Male and Female Symbols of Biology". Taxon 11 (4): 109–113. doi:10.2307/1217734.