Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of hamadryad.

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Examples

  • Nagas hail from the Vedic/Hindu tradition; centaurs, sylphs, dryads, hamadryads, oceanids andnereids are part of Greek mythology; fairies and selkies are from Celtic and Irish mythology;anddjinn and ifrit are from the magic of old Arabia.

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  • As a grown woman, I now realize that it might just have been a really big, hairy, naked hippie, startled out of a sylvan reverie by what no doubt appeared, through a potty haze, to be two small, hostile hamadryads.

    Things You Can't Tell Just By Looking At Her

  • We threaded groves of bay and arbutus where the dew of the mountain mists brushed our bare knees in the gray daybreak; then up the ilex slopes where it sparked in sunrise; then through thick pine woods that brought back night again, with our mounts 'feet soundless on the needle-pad, and hamadryads pressing so thick and silent we almost hushed our breath.

    The Bull From The Sea

  • 'If it has become necessary for us to perform our ablutions in a nest of hamadryads I shall be forced to move,' Larry warned.

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  • Walking through the woods he almost expects to catch glimpses of hamadryads peering from their trees, nymphs rising from the fountains, and startled fauns with shaggy skins and cloven feet scurrying away among the bushes.

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  • Nymphs and fauns and dryads and hamadryads called from the depths of the forest, and youths and maidens and shepherds with vine-wreathed brows danced in the sunlit glades and on the hills where the white flocks roamed, to the plaintive notes of the mystic pipes of Pan.

    When Dreams Come True

  • Strange as it may seem, the nature-worship of the silent Red Man had many points in common with that of the imaginative, volatile Greek, who {p. 030} peopled his mountains with immortals; and no wood in ancient Greece was ever thronged with hamadryads more real than the little gods whom the

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  • High noon is magical on Tree Day, for then the mythic folk of ancient Greece, the hamadryads and Dian's nymphs,

    The Story of Wellesley

  • The place seems to have been fashioned as a dwelling for dryads and hamadryads, for nixies and pixies, and all the fabled spirits of forest and stream.

    Rainbow's End

  • Without removing his gaze, he leaned his gun carefully against a bush -- firearms have an abominable effect upon hamadryads -- and said:

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