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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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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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The horizon's retrogression beyond the rainbow-like arch at the end of the known world, taken with the speculation "It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles" (1.63), engages with Irving's treatment "Of the Situation of the Terrestrial Paradise." Speculation's natural, regressive goal, the Hesperidean site was successively re-determined by the expansion of geographical knowledge:
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The poem then observes that "They are and were there" not only in Genesis but also "In the Hesperidean grove" where the dragon Ladon "waited through eternity" and in "the northern ice / In a high frozen fastness." In searching for the origins of these origins, the poem asks: And are these places shadows of one Place?