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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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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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|Noun||1.||daphne - 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
|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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