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noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a son of Hermes: the originator of pastoral poetry.
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Examples from the Web for daphnis

Historical Examples

  • A shriller note was struck by some feathered Daphnis piping to his Chloe.

    Across the Equator

    Thomas H. Reid

  • There is no comparison whatever between Lycidas and Daphnis.

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

  • So Daphnis sang to me, and thus, in turn, did Menalcas sing.

  • Daphnis am I, Lycidas is my father, and Nomaea is my mother.

British Dictionary definitions for daphnis


  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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