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[daf-nis] /ˈdæf nɪs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
a son of Hermes: the originator of pastoral poetry. Unabridged
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  • Strike up, Daphnis, something about honey or white cheeseor else the early apples that'll be ripe in a week's time.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • There is no comparison whatever between Lycidas and Daphnis.

  • If Chloe is not well informed, indiscreet and talkative Lycinion must take it upon herself to instruct Daphnis.

    Urania Camille Flammarion
  • Twas Daphnis that began the singing, for the challenge had come from Daphnis.

  • The other repeats the charms of some enchantress, who endeavoured, by her spells and magic, to make Daphnis in love with her.

  • They wounded Dorco and stole his cows and kidnapped Daphnis.

    Essays on the Greek Romances Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
  • The herdsman Daphnis ye never shall see again, no more in p. 9the dells, no more in the groves, no more in the woodlands.

  • Winter now arrived, more bitter than war to Daphnis and Chloe.

    Essays on the Greek Romances Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
  • Then a smile of mischief crossed her face, and she asked, "Which Daphnis?"

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
  • Daphnis and Chloe crowned their gods with flowers and honored them with piping.

    Essays on the Greek Romances Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
British Dictionary definitions for Daphnis


(Greek myth) a Sicilian shepherd, the son of Hermes and a nymph, who was regarded as the inventor of pastoral poetry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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