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[ham-uh-drahy-uh d, -ad] /ˌhæm əˈdraɪ əd, -æd/
noun, plural hamadryads, hamadryades
[ham-uh-drahy-uh-deez] /ˌhæm əˈdraɪ əˌdiz/ (Show IPA)
Classical Mythology. a dryad who is the spirit of a particular tree.
Origin of hamadryad
< Latin, stem of Hamādryas wood nymph < Greek, equivalent to hama together with (cognate with same) + dryás dryad Unabridged
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  • However it may be, the Burman is not ready to kill the hamadryad.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • It is a place in which a poet might look for a glimpse of a hamadryad.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • It is like the bite of a hamadryad,” he said softly, “but there is no mark.

  • Every tree has a hamadryad, who lives in it, who is born when it first grows, and who dies when it dies.

    Gods and Heroes R. E. Francillon
  • The hamadryad was born with the tree, flourished and died with it.

    The Student's Mythology

    Catherine Ann White
  • He got up to meet her as she approached, a hamadryad in white muslin, across the grass.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • Why, you'll look like a hamadryad, all in these wood browns!

  • Pomona was a hamadryad, and was so devoted to the care of her trees that she scorned the idea of love.

  • Such a sad mistake did Dryope once make, and suffered for her carelessness by being changed from a mortal into a hamadryad.

  • Science (or rather half-way science) scoffs at reminiscence of dryad and hamadryad, and of trees speaking.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
British Dictionary definitions for hamadryad


/ˌhæməˈdraɪəd; -æd/
(classical myth) one of a class of nymphs, each of which inhabits a tree and dies with it
another name for king cobra
Word Origin
C14: from Latin Hamādryas, from Greek Hamadruas, from hama together with + drus tree; see dryad
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Word Origin and History for hamadryad

late 14c., from Greek hamadryas (plural hamadryades) "wood-nymph," fabled to die with her tree, from hama "together" (see same) + drus (genitive dryos) "tree."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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