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Pronunciation: (he-sper'i-dēz"), [key]
1. Class. Myth.
a. (used with a pl. v.) 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.
b. (used with a sing. v.) the garden where the golden apples were grown.
c. (used with a pl. v.) See Islands of the Blessed.
2. (italics) (used with a pl. v.) a collection of poems (1648) by Robert Herrick.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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