vesta


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vesta \Ves"ta\ (v[e^]s"t[.a]), n. [L. Vesta, akin to Gr. "Esti`a
   Vesta, "esti`a the hearth of the house, and perhaps to Skr.
   ush to burn (see East), or perhaps to Skr. vas to dwell, and
   E. was.]
   1. (Rom. Myth.) One of the great divinities of the ancient
      Romans, identical with the Greek Hestia. She was a virgin,
      and the goddess of the hearth; hence, also, of the fire on
      it, and the family round it.
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   2. (Astron.) An asteroid, or minor planet, discovered by
      Olbers in 1807.
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   3. A wax friction match. --Simmonds.
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