Paphian (adj.)

"of or pertaining to Paphos," a town in Cyprus celebrated for its temple of Aphrodite, the center of her worship throughout the Greek world. She was traditionally said to have come ashore there at her birth from the sea. The fertility cult there is probably pre-Greek and may have been begun by the Phoenicians. Its transferred sense of "of or pertaining to sexual love" is by 1650s in English.

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