Definition of hamadryad in English:


Line breaks: hama|dryad
Pronunciation: /ˌhaməˈdrʌɪəd
, -ad/


1 Greek & Roman Mythology A nymph who lives in a tree and dies when the tree dies.
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

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