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Golden Fleece

noun, Classical Mythology
a fleece of pure gold, kept at Colchis by King Aeëtes from whom it was stolen by Jason and the Argonauts with the help of Aeëtes's daughter, Medea. Unabridged
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  • She understood only a few words of the brief speech which the monarch addressed to the new Knight of the Golden Fleece.

  • And her sunny locks Hang on her temples like a Golden Fleece.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • The Collar of the Golden Fleece is displayed upon his breast.

    Bastien Lepage Fr. Crastre
  • I forbid you, on pain of death, to make any more attempts to get the Golden Fleece.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • There was the Golden Fleece, but guarded so that no man might take it.

    Our Little Grecian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  • Will he give you the Golden Fleece, without any further risk or trouble?

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • There they presented themselves before Æetes and demanded the Golden Fleece.

    The Boy With the U.S. Miners Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Incidentally, we are appropriating the Golden Fleece and its cargo.

    The Space Rover Edwin K. Sloat
British Dictionary definitions for Golden Fleece

Golden Fleece

(Greek myth) the fleece of a winged ram that rescued Phrixus and brought him to Colchis, where he sacrificed it to Zeus. Phrixus gave the fleece to King Aeëtes who kept it in a sacred grove, whence Jason and the Argonauts stole it with the help of Aeëtes' daughter See also Phrixus
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Golden Fleece in Culture

Golden Fleece definition

In classical mythology, the pure gold fleece of a miraculous flying ram. Jason and the Argonauts made their voyage in quest of it. The fleece was kept in a kingdom on the Black Sea.

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