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Hesperides

[ he-sper-i-deez ]
/ hɛˈspɛr ɪˌdiz /
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noun
Classical Mythology.
  1. (used with a plural verb) nymphs, variously given as three to seven in number, who guarded with the dragon Ladon the golden apples that were the wedding gift of Gaia to Hera.
  2. (used with a singular verb) the garden where the golden apples were grown.
  3. (used with a plural verb) Islands of the Blessed.
(italics)(used with a plural verb) a collection of poems (1648) by Robert Herrick.
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Origin of Hesperides

First recorded in 1590–1610; see origin at Hesperus, -ides

OTHER WORDS FROM Hesperides

Hes·per·id·i·an [hes-puh-rid-ee-uhn], /ˌhɛs pəˈrɪd i ən/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Hesperides

Hesperides
/ (hɛˈspɛrɪˌdiːz) /

pl n Greek myth
the daughters of Hesperus, nymphs who kept watch with a dragon over the garden of the golden apples in the Islands of the Blessed
(functioning as singular) the gardens themselves
another name for the Islands of the Blessed

Derived forms of Hesperides

Hesperidian (ˌhɛspəˈrɪdɪən) or Hesperidean, adjective
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