American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek & Roman Mythology A wood nymph who lives only as long as the tree of which she is the spirit lives.
- n. See king cobra.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek myth, a wood-nymph believed to live and die with the tree to which she was attached.
- n. In entomology: A dryad or wood-nymph, a butterfly of the old genus Hamadryas.
- n. plural A group of lepidopterous insects.
- n. In herpetology, a large, hooded, venomous Indian serpent, Naja hamadryas or Hamadryas elaps, now Ophiophagus elaps. It is related to the cobra.
- n. In mammalogy, a large Abyssinian baboon, Cynocephalus hamadryas, with long mane and whiskers and tufted tail. Also called hebe.
- n. Greek mythology A wood-nymph who was physically a part of her tree; fell the tree, kill the nymph.
- n. The king cobra.
- n. A kind of baboon, Papio hamadryas, venerated by the ancient Egyptians.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Class. Myth.) A tree nymph whose life ended with that of the particular tree, usually an oak, which had been her abode.
- n. (Zoöl.) A large venomous East Indian snake (Ophiophagus bungarus), allied to the cobras.
- n. the nymph or spirit of a particular tree
- n. large cobra of southeastern Asia and the East Indies; the largest venomous snake; sometimes placed in genus Naja
- Latin Hamadryas, from Ancient Greek Ἁμαδρυάς, from ἅμα ("together") + δρῦς ("tree"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle 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). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So in some vague way Charlie felt he had to go and say that to the tree, as if his father lived hi it like a god damned hamadryad or something; he found it very embarrassing to remember the thing at all, but he remembered, he remembered.”
“Not only does it happen in poetry, but common people often go farther than the poet and begin believing in the hamadryad in the wood or the spirit of the waters.”
“The dread hamadryad leered at him; poisonous toads and lizards scurried for cover.”
“In the pale, elusive moonlight, and with that startled poise of figure, she might well have been the hamadryad at bay of one of her most famous dances.”
“The poet's hamadryad and naiad, what are they, indeed, but cobwebby fictions, which must be brushed away if ideal truth is to be revealed?”
“There was about Hazlitt's wooing of Rachel the pathos which might distinguish the love affair of a Baptist angel and the hamadryad daughter of a Babayaga.”
“This hamadryad was destined in the outcome to dwindle into a village housewife, she would have taken a lively interest in the number of eggs the hens were laying, she would even have assured her children, precisely in the way her father spoke of John Hughes, that young people ordinarily have foolish fancies which their rational elders agree to disregard.”
“The hamadryad, as you probably know, is perhaps the deadliest of all Eastern reptiles.”
“His informant was a hamadryad, whom Jurgen encountered upon the outskirts of a forest overlooking the city from the west.”
“Into the uneventful life of a hamadryad, here in this uncultured forest, could not possibly have entered much pleasurable excitement, and it seemed only right to inject a little.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘hamadryad’.
"Luciferous Logolepsy is a collection of over 9,000 obscure English words. Though the definition of an 'English' word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, deriv...
I HEART MYSELF!!!!!!!!!!
Words I keep looking up and still keep forgetting the definition of
words that evoke magic, mystery, mayhem, magnificence or anything else that glimmers in the grass
Names of butterflies and moths that I find interesting, and terms associated with citizens of Lepidoptera.
Here are elfins, satyrs and wood-nymphs ruled by some sovereign such as an em...
All of which are mentioned in O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels, someplace or other. Most are British navy ships, some are French navy, and others aren't either one.
See also the list Sh...
Looking for tweets for hamadryad.