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plural noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a pair of rocky islands, at the entrance to the Black Sea, that often clashed together: Athena helped the Argonauts navigate them, after which they became fixed.
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Historical Examples

  • Euripides, Medea, verse 2, gives them the title of Symplegades.

    The Geography of Strabo, Volume I (of 3)


  • The first papers passed him by two mountains, which, like the symplegades, threatened to meet and crush him in their embrace.

  • The story of the Symplegades may be a reference369 to the rolling and clashing of icebergs.

  • But it interested somewhat as if it had been a part of the Argo, clipped off in passing through the Symplegades.

    Cape Cod

    Henry D. Thoreau

  • After the miraculous passage of the Argo, the Symplegades became permanently united, and attached to the bottom of the sea.