daphne







daphne


noun

  1. Classical Mythology. a nymph who, when pursued by Apollo, was saved by being changed into a laurel tree.
  2. (lowercase) Botany. any Eurasian shrub belonging to the genus Daphne, certain species of which, as D. mezereum, are cultivated for their fragrant flowers.
  3. a female given name.

noun

  1. a shrub, Daphne mezereum, native to Eurasia, having clusters of fragrant purplish flowers.

noun

  1. 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 flowersSee also laurel (def. 4)

noun

  1. Greek myth a nymph who was saved from the amorous attentions of Apollo by being changed into a laurel tree

noun

  1. the dried bark of certain shrubs of the genus Daphne, esp mezereon, formerly used as a vesicant and to treat arthritis

fem. proper name, from Greek daphne “laurel, bay tree;” in mythology the name of a nymph, daughter of the river Peneus, metamorphosed into a laurel by Gaia to save her from being ravished as she was pursued by Apollo.

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