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English Dictionary: golden by the DICT Development Group
6 results for golden
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. having the deep slightly brownish color of gold; "long aureate (or golden) hair"; "a gold carpet"
    Synonym(s): aureate, gilded, gilt, gold, golden
  2. marked by peace and prosperity; "a golden era"; "the halcyon days of the clipper trade"
    Synonym(s): golden, halcyon, prosperous
  3. made from or covered with gold; "gold coins"; "the gold dome of the Capitol"; "the golden calf"; "gilded icons"
    Synonym(s): gold, golden, gilded
  4. supremely favored; "golden lads and girls all must / like chimney sweepers come to dust"
    Synonym(s): fortunate, golden
  5. suggestive of gold; "a golden voice"
  6. presaging or likely to bring good luck; "a favorable time to ask for a raise"; "lucky stars"; "a prosperous moment to make a decision"
    Synonym(s): golden, favorable, favourable, lucky, prosperous
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
      Note: The
      {common, [or] English, {pheasant} ({Phasianus Colchicus}) is
            now found over most of temperate Europe, but was
            introduced from Asia. The
      {ring-necked pheasant} ({P. torquatus}) and the
      {green pheasant} ({P. versicolor}) have been introduced into
            Oregon. The
      {golden pheasant} ({Thaumalea picta}) is one of the most
            beautiful species. The
      {silver pheasant} ({Euplocamus nychthemerus}) of China, and
            several related species from Southern Asia, are very
      2. (Zo[94]l.) The ruffed grouse. [Southern U.S.]
      Note: Various other birds are locally called pheasants, as
               the lyre bird, the leipoa, etc.
      {Fireback pheasant}. See {Fireback}.
      {Gold}, [or] {Golden}, {pheasant} (Zo[94]l.), a Chinese
            pheasant ({Thaumalea picta}), having rich, varied colors.
            The crest is amber-colored, the rump is golden yellow, and
            the under parts are scarlet.
      {Mountain pheasant} (Zo[94]l.), the ruffed grouse. [Local,
      {Pheasant coucal} (Zo[94]l.), a large Australian cuckoo
            ({Centropus phasianus}). The general color is black, with
            chestnut wings and brown tail. Called also {pheasant
            cuckoo}. The name is also applied to other allied species.
      {Pheasant duck}. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) The pintail.
            (b) The hooded merganser.
      {Pheasant parrot} (Zo[94]l.), a large and beautiful
            Australian parrakeet ({Platycercus Adelaidensis}). The
            male has the back black, the feathers margined with
            yellowish blue and scarlet, the quills deep blue, the wing
            coverts and cheeks light blue, the crown, sides of the
            neck, breast, and middle of the belly scarlet.
      {Pheasant's eye}. (Bot.)
            (a) A red-flowered herb ({Adonis autumnalis}) of the
                  Crowfoot family; -- called also {pheasant's-eye
            (b) The garden pink ({Dianthus plumarius}); -- called also
                  {Pheasant's-eye pink}.
      {Pheasant shell} (Zo[94]l.), any marine univalve shell of the
            genus {Phasianella}, of which numerous species are found
            in tropical seas. The shell is smooth and usually richly
            colored, the colors often forming blotches like those of a
      {Pheasant wood}. (Bot.) Same as {Partridge wood}
            (a), under {Partridge}.
      {Sea pheasant} (Zo[94]l.), the pintail.
      {Water pheasant}. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) The sheldrake.
            (b) The hooded merganser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Golden \Gold"en\, a. [OE. golden; cf. OE. gulden, AS. gylden,
      from gold. See {Gold}, and cf. {Guilder}.]
      1. Made of gold; consisting of gold.
      2. Having the color of gold; as, the golden grain.
      3. Very precious; highly valuable; excellent; eminently
            auspicious; as, golden opinions.
      {Golden age}.
            (a) The fabulous age of primeval simplicity and purity of
                  manners in rural employments, followed by the silver,
                  bronze, and iron ages. --Dryden.
            (b) (Roman Literature) The best part (B. C. 81 -- A. D.
                  14) of the classical period of Latinity; the time when
                  Cicero, C[91]sar, Virgil, etc., wrote. Hence:
            (c) That period in the history of a literature, etc., when
                  it flourishes in its greatest purity or attains its
                  greatest glory; as, the Elizabethan age has been
                  considered the golden age of English literature.
      {Golden balls}, three gilt balls used as a sign of a
            pawnbroker's office or shop; -- originally taken from the
            coat of arms of Lombardy, the first money lenders in
            London having been Lombards.
      {Golden bull}. See under {Bull}, an edict.
      {Golden chain} (Bot.), the shrub {Cytisus Laburnum}, so named
            from its long clusters of yellow blossoms.
      {Golden club} (Bot.), an aquatic plant ({Orontium
            aquaticum}), bearing a thick spike of minute yellow
      {Golden cup} (Bot.), the buttercup.
      {Golden eagle} (Zo[94]l.), a large and powerful eagle
            ({Aquila Chrysa[89]tos}) inhabiting Europe, Asia, and
            North America. It is so called from the brownish yellow
            tips of the feathers on the head and neck. A dark variety
            is called the {royal eagle}; the young in the second year
            is the {ring-tailed eagle}.
      {Golden fleece}.
            (a) (Mythol.) The fleece of gold fabled to have been taken
                  from the ram that bore Phryxus through the air to
                  Colchis, and in quest of which Jason undertook the
                  Argonautic expedition.
            (b) (Her.) An order of knighthood instituted in 1429 by
                  Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy; -- called also
                  {Toison d'Or}.
      {Golden grease}, a bribe; a fee. [Slang]
      {Golden hair} (Bot.), a South African shrubby composite plant
            with golden yellow flowers, the {Chrysocoma Coma-aurea}.
      {Golden Horde} (Hist.), a tribe of Mongolian Tartars who
            overran and settled in Southern Russia early in the 18th
      {Golden Legend}, a hagiology (the [bd]Aurea Legenda[b8])
            written by James de Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa, in the
            13th century, translated and printed by Caxton in 1483,
            and partially paraphrased by Longfellow in a poem thus
      {Golden marcasite} tin. [Obs.]
      {Golden mean}, the way of wisdom and safety between extremes;
            sufficiency without excess; moderation.
                     Angels guard him in the golden mean.   --Pope.
      {Golden mole} (Zo[94]l), one of several South African
            Insectivora of the family {Chrysochlorid[91]}, resembling
            moles in form and habits. The fur is tinted with green,
            purple, and gold.
      {Golden number} (Chronol.), a number showing the year of the
            lunar or Metonic cycle. It is reckoned from 1 to 19, and
            is so called from having formerly been written in the
            calendar in gold.
      {Golden oriole}. (Zo[94]l.) See {Oriole}.
      {Golden pheasant}. See under {Pheasant}.
      {Golden pippin}, a kind of apple, of a bright yellow color.
      {Golden plover} (Zo[94]l.), one of several species of
            plovers, of the genus {Charadrius}, esp. the European ({C.
            apricarius, [or] pluvialis}; -- called also {yellow,
            black-breasted, hill, [and] whistling, plover}. The common
            American species ({C. dominicus}) is also called
            {frostbird}, and {bullhead}.
      {Golden robin}. (Zo[94]l.) See {Baltimore oriole}, in Vocab.
      {Golden rose} (R. C. Ch.), a gold or gilded rose blessed by
            the pope on the fourth Sunday in Lent, and sent to some
            church or person in recognition of special services
            rendered to the Holy See.
      {Golden rule}.
            (a) The rule of doing as we would have others do to us.
                  Cf. --Luke vi. 31.
            (b) The rule of proportion, or rule of three.
      {Golden samphire} (Bot.), a composite plant ({Inula
            crithmoides}), found on the seashore of Europe.
      {Golden saxifrage} (Bot.), a low herb with yellow flowers
            ({Chrysosplenium oppositifolium}), blossoming in wet
            places in early spring.
      {Golden seal} (Bot.), a perennial ranunculaceous herb
            ({Hydrastis Canadensis}), with a thick knotted rootstock
            and large rounded leaves.
      {Golden sulphide, [or] sulphuret}, {of antimony} (Chem.), the
            pentasulphide of antimony, a golden or orange yellow
      {Golden warbler} (Zo[94]l.), a common American wood warbler
            ({Dendroica [91]stiva}); -- called also {blue-eyed yellow
            warbler}, {garden warbler}, and {summer yellow bird}.
      {Golden wasp} (Zo[94]l.), a bright-colored hymenopterous
            insect, of the family {Chrysidid[91]}. The colors are
            golden, blue, and green.
      {Golden wedding}. See under {Wedding}.

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Golden, CO (city, FIPS 30835)
      Location: 39.73887 N, 105.21550 W
      Population (1990): 13116 (5825 housing units)
      Area: 19.5 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)
      Zip code(s): 80401, 80403
   Golden, IL (village, FIPS 30159)
      Location: 40.10973 N, 91.01841 W
      Population (1990): 565 (258 housing units)
      Area: 1.5 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)
      Zip code(s): 62339
   Golden, MO
      Zip code(s): 65658
   Golden, MS (town, FIPS 27940)
      Location: 34.48519 N, 88.18612 W
      Population (1990): 202 (96 housing units)
      Area: 1.5 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)
      Zip code(s): 38847

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   golden adj.   [prob. from folklore's `golden egg'] When used to
   describe a magnetic medium (e.g., `golden disk', `golden tape'),
   describes one containing a tested, up-to-spec, ready-to-ship
   software version.   Compare {platinum-iridium}.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      [Probabaly from folklore's "golden egg"] When used to describe
      a magnetic medium (e.g. "golden disk", "golden tape"),
      describes one containing a tested, up-to-spec, ready-to-ship
      software version.   Compare {platinum-iridium}.
      [{Jargon File}]
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