2. A faltering in speech; stammering. Swift.

(Hes"i*ta*tive) a. Showing, or characterized by, hesitation.

[He said] in his mild, hesitative way.
R. D. Blackmore.

(Hes"i*ta*to*ry) a. Hesitating. R. North.

(Hesp) n. [Cf. Icel. hespa a hasp, a wisp or skein. See Hasp.] A measure of two hanks of linen thread. [Scot.] [Written also hasp.] Knight.

(Hes"per) n. [See Hesperian.] The evening; Hesperus.

(Hes*per"e*tin) n. (Chem.) A white, crystalline substance having a sweetish taste, obtained by the decomposition of hesperidin, and regarded as a complex derivative of caffeic acid.

(Hes*pe"ri*an) a. [L. hesperius, fr. hesperus the evening star, Gr. evening, the evening star. Cf. Vesper.] Western; being in the west; occidental. [Poetic] Milton.

(Hes*pe"ri*an), n. A native or an inhabitant of a western country. [Poetic] J. Barlow.

(Hes*pe"ri*an), a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to a family of butterflies called Hesperidæ, or skippers.n. Any one of the numerous species of Hesperidæ; a skipper.

(Hes"per*id) a. & n. (Zoöl.) Same as 3d Hesperian.

(Hes*per"i*dene) n. [See Hesperidium.] (Chem.) An isomeric variety of terpene from orange oil.

(||Hes*per"i*des) n. pl. [L., fr. Gr. .]

1. (Class. Myth.) The daughters of Hesperus, or Night and fabled possessors of a garden producing golden apples, in Africa, at the western extremity of the known world. To slay the guarding dragon and get some of these apples was one of the labors of Hercules. Called also Atlantides.

2. The garden producing the golden apples.

It not love a Hercules,
Still climbing trees in the Hesperides?

(Hes*per"i*din) n. [See Hesperidium.] (Chem.) A glucoside found in ripe and unripe fruit and extracted as a white crystalline substance.

(||Hes`pe*rid"i*um) n. [NL. So called in allusion to the golden apples of the Hesperides. See Hesperides.] (Bot.) A large berry with a thick rind, as a lemon or an orange.

(||Hes`pe*ror"nis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. western + a bird.] (Paleon.) A genus of large, extinct, wingless birds from the Cretaceous deposits of Kansas, belonging to the Odontornithes. They had teeth, and were essentially carnivorous swimming ostriches. Several species are known. See Illust. in Append.

(||Hes"pe*rus) n. [L. See Hesper.]

1. Venus when she is the evening star; Hesper.

2. Evening. [Poetic]

The Sun was sunk, and after him the Star
Of Hesperus.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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