Definition of Golden fleece

1. Noun. In Greek mythology, a fleece of gold owned by the king of Colchis and guarded in a sacred grove by a dragon; recovered by Jason and the Argonauts.

Generic synonyms: Fleece, Sheepskin

Definition of Golden fleece

1. Proper noun. (Greek mythology) A magical fleece from a winged ram guarded by the hydra in the tale of Jason and the Argonauts. ¹

2. Proper noun. (heraldry) A chivalric order founded in 1430 by Duke Philip III of Burgundy. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Golden Fleece

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Gold Coast
Golda Meir
Goldblatt's clamp
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Goldblatt kidney
Goldblatt phenomenon
Golden Age
Golden Arches
Golden Delicious
Golden Fleece
Golden Gate
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Horde
Golden Horseshoe
Golden Jackal
Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers
Golden Rule
Golden State
Golden Week
Goldenhar's syndrome
Goldflam disease

Literary usage of Golden fleece

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1. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"Australia has been called "The Land of the golden fleece," because of the ... golden fleece of the north. The fur and peltry of Siberia is so called. ..."

2. The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches by William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1907)
"S •»—r±—•—* J HAVE you ever seen a cotton-field white with the harvest, — its golden fleece hovering above the black earth like a silvery cloud edged with ..."

3. The Age of Fable; Or, Stories of Gods and Heroes by Thomas Bulfinch (1856)
"THE golden fleece. IN very ancient times there lived in Thessaly a king and queen named Athamas and Nephele. They had two children, a boy and a girl. ..."

4. Index to Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends by Mary Huse Eastman (1915)
"(golden fleece.) Haaren and Poland. Famous men of Greece. ... (Story of the golden fleece.) Tappan. Myths from many lands. (golden fleece.) Storr. ..."

5. The American Cyclopædia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1874)
"golden fleece, Order of the (Span, el toi- tan de oro ; Fr. ordre de la toison (To-r), one of the oldest and most important of,the orders of chivalry, ..."

6. History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain by William Hickling Prescott (1882)
"But while on this ground Margaret refused to summon the states-general, she called a meeting of the order of the golden fleece, to whom she was to apply for ..."

7. Sea Power in Its Relations to the War of 1812 by Alfred Thayer Mahan (1905)
"It was afterwards ascertained that her opponent was the "Volcano" bomb-ship, convoying the transport " golden fleece," on board which were two hundred and ..."

8. The Overland Monthly by Bret Harte (1874)
"With such supporters, one can but wonder that the crash oí the Empire was so long deferred. SEEKING THE golden fleece. NO. VII. —THE END OF THE VOYAGE. ..."

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