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hamadryad

[ham-uh-drahy-uh d, -ad] /ˌhæm əˈdraɪ əd, -æd/
noun, plural hamadryads, hamadryades
[ham-uh-drahy-uh-deez] /ˌhæm əˈdraɪ əˌdiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
Classical Mythology. a dryad who is the spirit of a particular tree.
Origin
< Latin, stem of Hamādryas wood nymph < Greek, equivalent to hama together with (cognate with same) + dryás dryad
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hamadryad

/ˌhæməˈdraɪəd; -æd/
noun
1.
(classical myth) one of a class of nymphs, each of which inhabits a tree and dies with it
2.
another name for king cobra
Word Origin
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
hamadryad
late 14c., from Gk. hamadryas "wood-nymph" (pl. hamadryades), fabled to die with her tree, from hama "together" + drus (gen. dryos) "tree."
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