from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. (noun) In Greek myth, a wood-nymph believed to live and die with the tree to which she was attached.
  • n. (noun) In entomology: A dryad or wood-nymph, a butterfly of the old genus Hamadryas.
  • n. (noun) In herpetology, a large, hooded, venomous Indian serpent, Naja hamadryas or Hamadryas elaps, now Ophiophagus elaps. It is related to the cobra.
  • n. (noun) In mammalogy, a large Abyssinian baboon, Cynocephalus hamadryas, with long mane and whiskers and tufted tail. Also called hebe.



'Hamadryad' is Greek in origin, and translates as 'together (hama) tree (drus).'