1. The nymphs who together with a dragon watch over a garden in which golden apples grow.
2. (used with a sing. verb) A garden, situated at the western end of the earth, in which golden apples grow.
[Greek, from pl. of hesperis, feminine of hesperios, of the evening, western; see HESPERIAN.]
Hes′per·idi·an, Hes′per·ide·an (hĕs′pə-rĭdē-ən) adj.
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