Hamadryad meaning

hămə-drīəd
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(greek & roman mythology) A wood nymph who lives only as long as the tree of which she is the spirit lives.
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(gr. myth.) A dryad; specif., a wood nymph whose life is bound up with that of the tree in which she lives.
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An Arabian and N African baboon (Papio hamadryas) with ashy-gray fur.
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(Greek mythology) A wood-nymph who was physically a part of her tree; fell the tree, kill the nymph.
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The king cobra.
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A kind of baboon, Papio hamadryas, venerated by the ancient Egyptians.
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Origin of hamadryad

  • Middle English amadriad from Latin Hamadryas Hamadryad- from Greek Hamadruas hama together with sem-1 in Indo-European roots Druas dryad (from drūs oak deru- in Indo-European roots)

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

  • Latin Hamadryas, from Ancient Greek Ἁμαδρυάς (Hamadruas), from ἅμα (hama, “together”) + δρῦς (drus, “tree”).

    From Wiktionary