Definition of hamadryad in English:

hamadryad

Syllabification: ham·a·dry·ad
Pronunciation: /ˌhaməˈdrīəd
 
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noun

  • 1 (also Hamadryad) Greek & Roman Mythology A nymph who lives in a tree and dies when the tree dies.
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    • As dryads are generally spirits of oak trees, hamadryads exhibit more power over the forest.
    • Mortals harmed the hamadryads by killing their trees.
    • A hamadryad gets her power from her tree, and a dryad gets her power from the whole forest.
  • 2 another term for king cobra.
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    • The King Cobra or Hamadryad, is the largest of all poisonous snakes.
    • The Hamadryad’s appointed diet is one ring-snake per week.

Origin

via Latin from Greek hamadruas, from hama 'together' + drus 'tree'.

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