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Golden Bough

noun, Classical Mythology.
1.
a branch of mistletoe, sacred to Proserpina, that served Aeneas as a pass to the underworld.
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  • 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.

  • The book she was reading now was the first volume of The Golden Bough.

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

  • But who has told us anything about the breaking, by a fugitive slave, near Aricia, of a Golden Bough?

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

  • The misletoe is supposed to be the Golden Bough which Æneas made use of, to introduce himself to the Elysian regions.

  • The Golden Bough contains an instructive passage concerning the myth of Sardanapalus.

  • 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

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