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[daf-nee] /ˈdæf ni/
Classical Mythology. a nymph who, when pursued by Apollo, was saved by being changed into a laurel tree.
(lowercase) Botany. any Eurasian shrub belonging to the genus Daphne, certain species of which, as D. mezereum, are cultivated for their fragrant flowers.
a female given name.
Origin of Daphne
< Latin Daphnē < Greek dáphnē laurel Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Daphne


any shrub of the Eurasian thymelaeaceous genus Daphne, such as the mezereon and spurge laurel: ornamentals with shiny evergreen leaves and clusters of small bell-shaped flowers See also laurel (sense 4)
Word Origin
via Latin from Greek: laurel


(Greek myth) a nymph who was saved from the amorous attentions of Apollo by being changed into a laurel tree
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Word Origin and History for Daphne

fem. proper name, from Greek daphne "laurel, bay tree;" in mythology the name of a nymph, daughter of the river Peneus, metamorphosed into a laurel by Gaia to save her from being ravished as she was pursued by Apollo.

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