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n. pl. ham·a·dry·ads or ham·a·dry·a·des (-ə-dēz′)
1. Greek & Roman Mythology A wood nymph who lives only as long as the tree of which she is the spirit lives.

[Middle English amadriad, from Latin Hamadryas, Hamadryad-, from Greek Hamadruas : hama, together with; see sem- in Indo-European roots + Druas, dryad (from drūs, oak; see deru- in Indo-European roots).]


(ˌhæməˈdraɪəd; -æd)
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth one of a class of nymphs, each of which inhabits a tree and dies with it
2. (Animals) another name for king cobra
[C14: from Latin Hamādryas, from Greek Hamadruas, from hama together with + drus tree; see dryad]


(ˌhæm əˈdraɪ əd, -æd)

n., pl. -ads, -a•des (-əˌdiz)
1. a dryad who was the spirit of a particular tree and lived only as long as the tree.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin, s. of Hamādryas wood nymph < Greek, =hama together with (c. same) + dryás dryad]


a dryad that is the spirit of a particular tree.
See also: Mythology
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hamadryad - the nymph or spirit of a particular tree
dryad, wood nymph - a deity or nymph of the woods
2.hamadryad - large cobra of southeastern Asia and the East Indieshamadryad - large cobra of southeastern Asia and the East Indies; the largest venomous snake; sometimes placed in genus Naja
cobra - venomous Asiatic and African elapid snakes that can expand the skin of the neck into a hood
References in classic literature ?
In the shadowed spots fauns and hamadryads wooed, unconscious of the gaze of mortal eyes.
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.
And driven the Hamadryad from the wood To seek a shelter in some happier star?