- Classical Mythology. a nymph who, when pursued by Apollo, was saved by being changed into a laurel tree.
- (lowercase) Botany. any Eurasian shrub belonging to the genus Daphne, certain species of which, as D. mezereum, are cultivated for their fragrant flowers.
- a female given name.
Origin of Daphne
- a shrub, Daphne mezereum, native to Eurasia, having clusters of fragrant purplish flowers.
Origin of mezereum
Examples from the Web for daphne
D.S.S.: I was certainly first inspired by both Daphne Araujo and Francoise Peschon when I worked at Araujo in 2001.Yes, Women Can Make Great Wine
March 22, 2014
International museums are interested in exhibiting her work; Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness, and Bjork have worn her pieces.The New Queens of Haute Couture
January 27, 2014
I think viewers assumed Daphne was a virgin because she was a ‘good girl’; a straight-A student, etc.Television’s 20-Something Female Virgins: ‘Girls,’ ‘Grey’s,’ and ‘Underemployed’
November 27, 2012
Starring socialite Daphne Guinness, the film won four awards at the La Jolla Film Festival this fall.Shooting the Stars With Fashion Photographers Markus and Indrani
November 25, 2012
Daphne Merkin on the tempestuous, glamorous love affair—and the surprisingly literary side of Burton.Richard Burton’s Diaries Reveal His Mad Love for Elizabeth Taylor
November 3, 2012
The play is founded on the old classical story of Apollo and Daphne.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
My budding Daphne wanted scope To bourgeon all her flowers of hope.
Daphne was more afraid of him than of anything else in the sky.
In it he knew Daphne, the daughter of the river, was hidden.
And if you ask for Daphne, the gardener will point her out, for he calls the tree by her name.
- any shrub of the Eurasian thymelaeaceous genus Daphne, such as the mezereon and spurge laurel: ornamentals with shiny evergreen leaves and clusters of small bell-shaped flowersSee also laurel (def. 4)
- Greek myth a nymph who was saved from the amorous attentions of Apollo by being changed into a laurel tree
- the dried bark of certain shrubs of the genus Daphne, esp mezereon, formerly used as a vesicant and to treat arthritis
Word Origin and History for daphne
fem. proper name, from Greek daphne "laurel, bay tree;" in mythology the name of a nymph, daughter of the river Peneus, metamorphosed into a laurel by Gaia to save her from being ravished as she was pursued by Apollo.