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n. Greek Mythology
A nymph who metamorphosed into a laurel tree as a means of escaping from Apollo.


Any of several Eurasian shrubs of the genus Daphne, often cultivated for their glossy evergreen foliage and clusters of small, fragrant, bell-shaped flowers.

[Latin daphnē, laurel, from Greek.]
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(Plants) any shrub of the Eurasian thymelaeaceous genus Daphne, such as the mezereon and spurge laurel: ornamentals with shiny evergreen leaves and clusters of small bell-shaped flowers. See also laurel4
[via Latin from Greek: laurel]


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a nymph who was saved from the amorous attentions of Apollo by being changed into a laurel tree
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(ˈdæf ni)

1. a nymph of Greek myth who, fleeing Apollo, was saved by being changed into a laurel tree.
2. (l.c.) any of various Eurasian shrubs belonging to the genus Daphne, of the family Thymelaeacea
[< Latin Daphnē < Greek dáphnē laurel]
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Noun1.Daphne - any of several ornamental shrubs with shiny mostly evergreen leaves and clusters of small bell-shaped flowersdaphne - any of several ornamental shrubs with shiny mostly evergreen leaves and clusters of small bell-shaped flowers
genus Daphne - usually evergreen Eurasian shrubs
Daphne cneorum, garland flower - widely cultivated low evergreen shrub with dense clusters of fragrant pink to deep rose flowers
Daphne laureola, spurge laurel, wood laurel - bushy Eurasian shrub with glossy leathery oblong leaves and yellow-green flowers
Daphne mezereum, February daphne, mezereon - small European deciduous shrub with fragrant lilac-colored flowers followed by red berries on highly toxic twigs
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
2.Daphne - (Greek mythology) a nymph who was transformed into a laurel tree to escape the amorous Apollo
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
nymph - (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden; "the ancient Greeks believed that nymphs inhabited forests and bodies of water"
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[ˈdæfnɪ] NDafne
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Their names were Isis, Amphitrite, Hebe, Pandora, Psyche, Thetis, Pomona, Daphne, Clytie, Galatea and Arethusa.
Yes, and I 'll take her two or three clusters of my daphne, it
Now put the flowers just here," and Fanny laid a pink camellia in a nest of fuzz, and stuck a spray of daphne straight up at the back of her head.
These lovely daphnes will give odor to my camellias, and you were a dear to bring them.
But ours is that which went by the name of Antiochia Epidaphne, from its vicinity to the little village of Daphne, where stood a temple to that divinity.
Have we not seen, or by relation heard, In courts and regal chambers how thou lurk'st, In wood or grove, by mossy fountain-side, In valley or green meadow, to waylay Some beauty rare, Calisto, Clymene, Daphne, or Semele, Antiopa, Or Amymone, Syrinx, many more Too long--then lay'st thy scapes on names adored, Apollo, Neptune, Jupiter, or Pan, Satyr, or Faun, or Silvan?
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When Beatriz is stabbed to death outside her apartment, Daphne learns the baby has survived and sets out to find the baby's missing father.
Sam's son, photographer Nick, was married to Daphne's daughter, Angie, and Sam and Daphne tried to get along for their sakes - not always with much success.
Daphne was distracted by a cad who was only interested in her money while Sam found his eye caught by neighbour Rhonda.
Stopping a night in Moffat, he picked a guest house belonging to Daphne and her husband Jack.
Across the ten days the novel covers, Daphne cares for her child alone.