[ham-uh-drahy-uh d, -ad]
- Classical Mythology. a dryad who is the spirit of a particular tree.
- king cobra.
Origin of hamadryad
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Examples from the Web for hamadryad
However it may be, the Burman is not ready to kill the hamadryad.The Soul of a People
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.The Haunting of Low Fennel
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
- classical myth one of a class of nymphs, each of which inhabits a tree and dies with it
- another name for king cobra
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."
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