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pl.n. Greek Mythology
1. The nymphs who together with a dragon watch over a garden in which golden apples grow.
2. (used with a sing. verb) A garden, situated at the western end of the earth, in which golden apples grow.

[Greek, from pl. of hesperis, feminine of hesperios, of the evening, western; see Hesperian.]

Hes′per·id′i·an, Hes′per·id′e·an (hĕs′pə-rĭd′ē-ən) adj.
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pl n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) the daughters of Hesperus, nymphs who kept watch with a dragon over the garden of the golden apples in the Islands of the Blessed
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) (functioning as singular) the gardens themselves
3. (Classical Myth & Legend) another name for the Islands of the Blessed
Hesperidian, ˌHesperˈidean adj
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(hɛˈspɛr ɪˌdiz)

a. (used with a pl. v.) (in Greek myth) the nymphs who together with a dragon guarded the golden apples that were a wedding gift of Gaea to Hera.
b. (used with a sing. v.) the garden where the golden apples were grown.
[see Hesperus, -id1]
Hes•per•id•i•an (ˌhɛs pəˈrɪd i ən) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hesperides - (Greek mythology) group of 3 to 7 nymphs who guarded the golden apples that Gaea gave as a wedding gift to Hera
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
nymph - (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden; "the ancient Greeks believed that nymphs inhabited forests and bodies of water"
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[hɛˈspɛrɪˌdiːz] nplEsperidi fpl
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