Hesperides

plural noun

Hes·​per·​i·​des he-ˈsper-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce Hesperides (audio)
1
: a legendary garden at the western extremity of the world producing golden apples
2
: the nymphs in classical mythology who guard with the aid of a dragon a garden in which golden apples grow

Word History

Etymology

Latin, from Greek

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hesperides was in 1546

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“Hesperides.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hesperides. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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