Hamadryads
Hamadryad Ham"a*dry`ad (h[a^]m"[.a]*dr[imac]`[a^]d), n.; pl. E. {Hamadryads} (-[a^]dz), L. {Hamadryades} (-dr[imac]"[.a]*d[=e]z). [L. Hamadryas, -adis, Gr. "Amadrya`s; "a`ma together + dry^s oak, tree: cf. F. hamadryade. See {Same}, and {Tree}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Class. Myth.) A tree nymph whose life ended with that of the particular tree, usually an oak, which had been her abode. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A large venomous East Indian snake ({Ophiophagus bungarus}), allied to the cobras. [1913 Webster]


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