Daphne definition

dăfnē
Any of several Eurasian shrubs of the genus Daphne, often cultivated for their glossy evergreen foliage and clusters of small, fragrant, bell-shaped flowers.
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A nymph who metamorphosed into a laurel tree as a means of escaping from Apollo.
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(name, person, proper) A feminine name.
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(gr. myth., person, proper) A nymph who is changed by her father into a laurel tree so that she may escape Apollo's advances.
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Any of a genus (Daphne) of small evergreen shrubs of the mezereum family, with fragrant flowers.
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(botany) Any one of least 50 species of shrub of the Thymelaeaceae family, some of which are grown as ornamentals.
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(Greek mythology) A dryad pursued by Apollo, who was turned into a laurel tree by the river god Peneus.
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A female given name.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
daphne
Plural:
daphnes

Origin of daphne

  • Latin daphnē laurel from Greek

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek δάφνη (daphnē, “laurel”, “bay”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From the Ancient Greek δάφνη (daphnē, “laurel”).

    From Wiktionary