Definition of Hesperides
1. Noun. (Greek mythology) group of 3 to 7 nymphs who guarded the golden apples that Gaea gave as a wedding gift to Hera.
Definition of Hesperides
1. n. pl. The daughters of Hesperus, or Night (brother of Atlas), and fabled possessors of a garden producing golden apples, in Africa, at the western extremity of the known world. To slay the guarding dragon and get some of these apples was one of the labors of Hercules. Called also Atlantides.
Medical Definition of Hesperides
1. 1. The daughters of Hesperus, or Night (brother of Atlas), and fabled possessors of a garden producing golden apples, in Africa, at the western extremity of the known world. To slay the guarding dragon and get some of these apples was one of the labors of Hercules. Synonym: Atlantides. 2. The garden producing the golden apples. "It not love a Hercules, Still climbing trees in the Hesperides?" (Shak) Origin: L, fr. Gr. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)
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Literary usage of Hesperides
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1. A History of English Poetry by William John Courthope (1903)
"In 1640 sixty-two of the poems afterwards included in hesperides were published in a miscellany called Wifs Recreations. hesperides, including Noble Numbers ..."
2. Science from an Easy Chair by Edwin Ray Lankester (1911)
"The dragon guarding the tree in the garden of the hesperides on which grew the golden apples, in quest of which, according to Greek legend, ..."
3. Bibliographical Notes on One Hundred Books Famous in English Literature by Henry Watson Kent (1903)
"The hesperides was the first work of the poet to be printed, ... This part was not issued, as far as is known, except with the hesperides to which the ..."
4. The Poets: Geoffrey Chaucer to Alfred Tennyson, 1340-1892: Impressions by William Stebbing (1907)
"Upon Her Feet (hesperides, 527), i. 243. To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time ... 30 The Poet's Good Wishes for The Duke of York (hesperides, 266), j. 134. ..."
5. English Lyric Poetry, 1500-1700 by Frederic Ives Carpenter (1897)
"(1591-1674-) Practically all of Herrick's poetry appeared first in hesperides, 1648, and was probably written 1620-1648. There are numerous modern editions ..."
6. The London Encyclopaedia, Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art by Thomas Tegg (1829)
"hesperides, in ancient mythology, the granddaughters of Hesperus, the brother of Atlas. ... According to the poets, the hesperides were three in number, ..."