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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the west.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to the land where the sun sets; western
  • adj. of or relating to the Hesperides nymphs
  • adj. of or relating to the Hesperidae family of butterflies
  • adj. of or relating to the Martian geological period between Noachian and Amazonian
  • n. an inhabitant of the western lands
  • n. a butterfly of the family Hesperidae; a Skipper
  • n. the Hesperian geological time period of Mars

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Western; being in the west; occidental.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a family of butterflies called Hesperidæ, or skippers.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of a western country.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Western; situated at the west.
  • Of or pertaining to the Hesperides.
  • [lowercase] Of or pertaining to the hesperians; having the characters of the family Hesperiidæ.
  • n. An inhabitant of a western country.
  • n. [I. c.] A lepidopterous insect of the family Hesperiidæ; a skipper. See Castnioides. Also hesperid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. denoting or characteristic of countries of Europe and the western hemisphere

Etymologies

From Latin Hesperius, from Greek hesperios, of the evening, western, from hesperos, evening; see wes-pero- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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