[ham-uh-drahy-uhd, -ad]
noun, plural hamadryads, hamadryades [ham-uh-drahy-uh-deez] .
Classical Mythology. a dryad who is the spirit of a particular tree.

< Latin, stem of Hamādryas wood nymph < Greek, equivalent to hama together with (cognate with same) + dryás dryad

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hamadryad (ˌhæməˈdraɪəd, -æd)
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
[C14: from Latin Hamādryas, from Greek Hamadruas, from hama together with + drus tree; see dryad]

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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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