noun Etymology: Latin hamadryad-, hamadryas, from Greek, from hama together with + dryad-, dryas dryad — more at same Date: 14th century 1. wood nymph 2. king cobra

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hamadryad — late 14c., from Gk. hamadryas (pl. hamadryades) wood nymph, fabled to die with her tree, from hama together (see SAME (Cf. same)) + drus (gen. dryos) tree …   Etymology dictionary

  • hamadryad — [ham΄ə drī΄as΄, ham΄ə drī΄əsham΄ə drī′ad΄, ham΄ə drīəd] n. [L Hamadryas < Gr < hama, together with + dryas, DRYAD] 1. [also H ] Gr. Myth. a dryad; specif., a wood nymph whose life is bound up with that of the tree in which she lives 2. KING …   English World dictionary

  • Hamadryad — Hamadryads ( Ἁμαδρυάδες ) are Greek mythological beings that live in trees. They are a specific species of dryad, which are a particular type of nymph. Hamadryads are born bonded to a specific tree. If their tree died, the hamadryad associated… …   Wikipedia

  • hamadryad — /ham euh druy euhd, ad/, n., pl. hamadryads, hamadryades / euh deez /. 1. Class. Myth. a dryad who is the spirit of a particular tree. 2. See king cobra. [ < L, s. of Hamadryas wood nymph < Gk, equiv. to hama together with (c. SAME) + dryás… …   Universalium

  • hamadryad — noun /hæməˈdɹʌɪæd/ a) A wood nymph who was physically a part of her tree; fell the tree, kill the nymph. b) The king cobra …   Wiktionary

  • hamadryad — hama·dry·ad .ham ə drī əd, .ad n KING COBRA …   Medical dictionary

  • HAMADRYAD —    a wood nymph identified with a particular tree that was born with it and that died with it …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • hamadryad — n. king cobra of southeastern Asia and the East Indies, largest poisonous snake; (Greek and Roman mythology) tree nymph who lives in a tree and dies when the tree dies …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hamadryad — [ˌhamə drʌɪəd, ad] noun 1》 Greek & Roman Mythology a nymph who lives in a tree and dies when it dies. 2》 another term for king cobra. Origin via L. from Gk Hamadruas, from hama together + drus tree …   English new terms dictionary

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