vesta

noun
ves·​ta | \ ˈve-stə How to pronounce vesta (audio) \

Definition of vesta

1 capitalized : the Roman goddess of the hearth — compare hestia
2 : a short match with a shank of wax-coated threads also : a short wooden match

First Known Use of vesta

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vesta

Latin Vesta

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“Vesta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vesta. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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