- [alsoH-]Gr. Myth. a dryad; specif., a wood nymph whose life is bound up with that of the tree in which she lives
- king cobra
- an Arabian and N African baboon (Papio hamadryas) with ashy-gray furusually called ham·a·dry′as·
Origin of hamadryadClassical Latin Hamadryas from Classical Greek from hama, together with + dryas, dryad
nounpl. ham·a·dry·ads, or ham·a·dry·a·des
- Greek & Roman Mythology A wood nymph who lives only as long as the tree of which she is the spirit lives.
- See king cobra.
Origin of hamadryadMiddle English amadriad from Latin Hamadryas Hamadryad- from Greek Hamadruas hama together with ; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots. Druas dryad ( from drūs oak ; see deru- in Indo-European roots.)