hamadryad

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hamadryad large cobra of southeastern Asia and the East Indies; the largest venomous snake; sometimes placed in genus Naja
    • n hamadryad the nymph or spirit of a particular tree
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hamadryad (Zoöl) A large venomous East Indian snake (Ophiophagus bungarus), allied to the cobras.
    • Hamadryad (Class. Myth) A tree nymph whose life ended with that of the particular tree, usually an oak, which had been her abode.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hamadryad In Greek myth, a wood-nymph believed to live and die with the tree to which she was attached.
    • n hamadryad In entomology: A dryad or wood-nymph, a butterfly of the old genus Hamadryas.
    • n hamadryad plural A group of lepidopterous insects.
    • n hamadryad In herpetology, a large, hooded, venomous Indian serpent, Naja hamadryas or Hamadryas elaps, now Ophiophagus elaps. It is related to the cobra.
    • n hamadryad In mammalogy, a large Abyssinian baboon, Cynocephalus hamadryas, with long mane and whiskers and tufted tail. Also called hebe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hamadryad ham′a-drī-ad (myth.) a wood-nymph who lived and died with the tree in which she dwelt
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Hamadryas, -adis, Gr. "Amadrya`s; "a`ma together + dry^s oak, tree: cf. F. hamadryade,. See Same, and Tree
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hamadryashama, together, drys, a tree.

Usage

In literature:

My pythons and hamadryads?
"The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu" by Sax Rohmer
Shriek not, ye Opera Hamadryads; or not as those that have no comfort.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
He got up to meet her as she approached, a Hamadryad in white muslin, across the grass.
"Crome Yellow" by Aldous Huxley
The Hamadryad; Acon and Rhodope.
"Studies in Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
We can no longer see Hamadryads in the oaks or Naiads in the streams.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
The judges were hamadryads and the defeated mortals were punished for their presumption.
"Some Forerunners of Italian Opera" by William James Henderson
The Dryads and Hamadryads, Nymphs of the woods and forests.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
Hamadryads veiled themselves, each in her conscious tree, eluding human approach.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
It is a place in which a poet might look for a glimpse of a Hamadryad.
"Gryll Grange" by Thomas Love Peacock
The dread hamadryad leered at him; poisonous toads and lizards scurried for cover.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
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In poetry:

The Muses all are silent for your sake:
While night and distance take
The hamadryad's hill, the naiad's vale,
Low droops the hippocentaur's golden tail,
And sleep has whelmed the satyrs in the brake.
"Do You Forget, Enchantress?" by Clark Ashton Smith
I can fancy as I lie beneath the music of the boughs
That unseen Hamadryads wreathe the buds around their brows;
That from the vista'd depths whose gloom the vision scarce can span,
Think I hear the dreamy murmurs from the drowsy pipe of Pan.
"The Long Deep Grass In Springing" by Alexander Anderson
Twist some lithe maple and right suddenly
A leafy storm of stars about you breaks--
Some Hamadryad's tears: Unto her knee
Wading the Naiad clears her brook that streaks
Thro' wadded waifs: Hark! Pan for Helike
Flutes melancholy by the minty creeks.
"Late October" by Madison Julius Cawein