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 Gaea 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.

Origin of Hesperides

see origin at Hesperus, -ides
Related formsHes·per·id·i·an [hes-puh-rid-ee-uh n] /ˌhɛs pəˈrɪd i ən/, adjective
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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 FormsHesperidian (ˌhɛspəˈrɪdɪən) or Hesperidean, adjective
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