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Golden Bough

noun, Classical Mythology.
a branch of mistletoe, sacred to Proserpina, that served Aeneas as a pass to the underworld. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The book she was reading now was the first volume of The Golden Bough.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • Must not the Golden Bough, like the golden fern-seed, be an emanation of the sun's fire?

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • Beginning with the first edition of the Golden Bough, I, pp. 30-32.

  • He must first pluck for Proserpine the Golden Bough and bury a dead comrade (163-198).

  • Readers of Mr. Frazer's Golden Bough are now in possession of facts which it would take a very long time to explain.

    Folklore as an Historical Science George Laurence Gomme
  • Nothing can be more unlike a branch, any accessible branch, of the Arician tree, than is Virgil's Golden Bough.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • Mr. Frazers theory of Osiris as somehow connected with vegetation will be found in his Golden Bough.

  • Thus warned, neas went forward in silence, and at the direction of the Sibyl he offered the Golden Bough at the gate.

  • We have travelled far since we turned our backs on Nemi and set forth in quest of the secret of the Golden Bough.

    Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I. Sir James George Frazer
  • The Golden Bough contains an instructive passage concerning the myth of Sardanapalus.

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