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Hesperus

[hes-per-uh s] /ˈhɛs pər əs/
noun
1.
an evening star, especially Venus.
Also, Hesper.
Origin of Hesperus
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek hésperos evening, western; akin to west, Latin vesper vesper
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  • Juno prized these apples highly, and gave them to the Hesperides, the daughters of Hesperus.

  • Such was the wreck of the Hesperus,In the midnight and the snow!

  • Was it Hesperus he gazed upon, or something else that glanced brighter than an Evening star?

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Daughters of Hesperus, guardians of golden apples, 226;significance, 390.

    Myths of Greece and Rome H. A. Guerber
  • "The Wreck of the Hesperus" is an ambitious work, built on large lines, but hardly represents Mr. Foote at his best.

  • Among these was "Hesperus," published in 1794, which made him one of the most famous of German writers.

  • Dan had never heard of the Wreck of the Hesperus, and Tom spouted two stanzas of it before he could be stopped.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • As gentle as her emblem, Hesperus, dipping into the western horizon of life, did she seem to her lover.

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2) Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
  • But amid all those stars there is one—not Hesperus—which has always had from my childhood a mysterious fascination for me.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Every one has heard of the Garden of Hesperus, famous in all ancient times for its exquisite beauty.

British Dictionary definitions for Hesperus

Hesperus

/ˈhɛspərəs/
noun
1.
an evening star, esp Venus
Word Origin
from Latin, from Greek Hesperos, from hesperos western
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Word Origin and History for Hesperus

late 14c., poetic for "the evening star," from Latin Hesperus, from Greek hesperos (aster) "western (star)," from PIE *wes-pero- "evening, night" (see vesper). Hence also Hesperides (1590s), from Greek, "daughters of the West," the nymphs (variously numbered but originally three) who tended the garden with the golden apples. Their name has been mistakenly transferred to the garden itself.

The Hesperides were daughters of Atlas, an enormous giant, who, as the ancients believed, stood upon the western confines of the earth, and supported the heavens on his shoulders. Their mother was Hesperis, a personification of the "region of the West," where the sun continued to shine after he had set on Greece, and where, as travellers told, was an abundance of choice delicious fruits, which could only have been produced by a special divine influence. The Gardens of the Hesperides with the golden apples were believed to exist in some island in the ocean, or, as it was sometimes thought, in the islands on the north or west coast of Africa. They were far-famed in antiquity; for it was there that springs of nectar flowed by the couch of Zeus, and there that the earth displayed the rarest blessings of the gods; it was another Eden. As knowledge increased with regard to western lands, it became necessary to move this paradise farther and farther out into the Western Ocean. [Alexander Murray, "Manual of Mythology," 1888]

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