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[ham-uh-drahy-uh d, -ad] /ˌhæm əˈdraɪ əd, -æd/

noun, plural hamadryads, hamadryades
[ham-uh-drahy-uh-deez] /ˌhæm əˈdraɪ əˌdiz/ (Show IPA)
Classical Mythology. a dryad who is the spirit of a particular tree.
/ˌhæməˈdraɪəd; -æd/
(classical myth) one of a class of nymphs, each of which inhabits a tree and dies with it
another name for king cobra

late 14c., from Greek hamadryas (plural hamadryades) “wood-nymph,” fabled to die with her tree, from hama “together” (see same) + drus (genitive dryos) “tree.”


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