[ daf-nis ]

nounClassical Mythology.
  1. a son of Hermes: the originator of pastoral poetry.

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How to use Daphnis in a sentence

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

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

  • It is sweet to lie beneath the sky now as it was when Daphnis sang.

    A Canterbury Pilgrimage | Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • 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
  • Mlle. Guenin, another youthful aspirant for fame, produced "Daphnis et Amanthée" in her seventeenth year.

    Woman's Work in Music | Arthur Elson

British Dictionary definitions for Daphnis


/ (ˈdæfnɪs) /

  1. Greek myth a Sicilian shepherd, the son of Hermes and a nymph, who was regarded as the inventor of pastoral poetry

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