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Daphne

[daf-nee] /ˈdæf ni/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a nymph who, when pursued by Apollo, was saved by being changed into a laurel tree.
2.
(lowercase) Botany. any Eurasian shrub belonging to the genus Daphne, certain species of which, as D. mezereum, are cultivated for their fragrant flowers.
3.
a female given name.
Origin of Daphne
< Latin Daphnē < Greek dáphnē laurel

mezereum

[muh-zeer-ee-uh m] /məˈzɪər i əm/
noun
1.
a shrub, Daphne mezereum, native to Eurasia, having clusters of fragrant purplish flowers.
Also, mezereon
[muh-zeer-ee-on] /məˈzɪər iˌɒn/ (Show IPA)
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Also called daphne.
Origin
1470-80; (< New Latin) < Medieval Latin mezereon < Arabic māzaryūn < Persian
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daphne

/ˈdæfnɪ/
noun
1.
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

Daphne

/ˈdæfnɪ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a nymph who was saved from the amorous attentions of Apollo by being changed into a laurel tree

mezereum

/mɪˈzɪərɪəm/
noun
1.
the dried bark of certain shrubs of the genus Daphne, esp mezereon, formerly used as a vesicant and to treat arthritis
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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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