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Daphne

[ daf-nee ]
/ ˈdæf ni /
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noun

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.

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Origin of Daphne

<Latin Daphnē<Greek dáphnē laurel
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British Dictionary definitions for Daphne (1 of 2)

daphne
/ (ˈdæfnɪ) /

noun

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)

Word Origin for daphne

via Latin from Greek: laurel

British Dictionary definitions for Daphne (2 of 2)

Daphne
/ (ˈdæfnɪ) /

noun

Greek myth a nymph who was saved from the amorous attentions of Apollo by being changed into a laurel tree
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