- a son of Hermes: the originator of pastoral poetry.
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Examples from the Web for daphnis
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.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2)
John Addington Symonds
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.
- Greek myth a Sicilian shepherd, the son of Hermes and a nymph, who was regarded as the inventor of pastoral poetry