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hamadryad

[ ham-uh-drahy-uhd, -ad ]
/ ˌhæm əˈdraɪ əd, -æd /
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noun, plural ham·a·dry·ads, ham·a·dry·a·des [ham-uh-drahy-uh-deez]. /ˌhæm əˈdraɪ əˌdiz/.

Classical Mythology. a dryad who is the spirit of a particular tree.

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Origin of hamadryad

<Latin, stem of Hamādryas wood nymph <Greek, equivalent to hama together with (cognate with same) + dryásdryad
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British Dictionary definitions for hamadryad

hamadryad
/ (ˌhæməˈdraɪəd, -æd) /

noun

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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