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Golden Fleece

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noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a fleece of pure gold, kept at Colchis by King Aeëtes from whom it was stolen by Jason and the Argonauts with the help of Aeëtes's daughter, Medea.
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  • The man was elegantly dressed; he wore the order of the Golden-Fleece, and a medal on his coat.

    The Thirteen

    Honore de Balzac


British Dictionary definitions for golden fleece

Golden Fleece

noun
  1. Greek myth the fleece of a winged ram that rescued Phrixus and brought him to Colchis, where he sacrificed it to Zeus. Phrixus gave the fleece to King Aeëtes who kept it in a sacred grove, whence Jason and the Argonauts stole it with the help of Aeëtes' daughterSee also Phrixus
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golden fleece in Culture

Golden Fleece

In classical mythology, the pure gold fleece of a miraculous flying ram. Jason and the Argonauts made their voyage in quest of it. The fleece was kept in a kingdom on the Black Sea.

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