Definition of Daphne

1. Noun. Any of several ornamental shrubs with shiny mostly evergreen leaves and clusters of small bell-shaped flowers.




2. Noun. (Greek mythology) a nymph who was transformed into a laurel tree to escape the amorous Apollo.
Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Nymph

Definition of Daphne

1. n. A genus of diminutive Shrubs, mostly evergreen, and with fragrant blossoms.

Definition of Daphne

1. Proper noun. (Greek god) A dryad pursued by Apollo, who was turned into a laurel tree by the river god Peneus. ¹

2. Proper noun. (Ancient Greek female given name). ¹

3. Proper noun. (alternative spelling of Daphne) ¹

4. Noun. (botany) Any one of least 50 species of shrub of the ''Thymelaeaceae'' family, some of which are grown as ornamentals. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Daphne

1. a flowering shrub [n -S]

Medical Definition of Daphne

1. 1. A genus of diminutive Shrubs, mostly evergreen, and with fragrant blossoms. 2. A nymph of Diana, fabled to have been changed into a laurel tree. Origin: L, a laurel tree, from Gr. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Daphne

danted
danthron
danting
dantoned
dantoning
dantons
dantrolene
dantrolene sodium
dantron
dants
daomanite
dap
dapagliflozin
dapatical
daphnane
daphne (current term)
daphne family
daphnes
daphnetin
daphnia
daphnias
daphnid
daphnids
daphniid
daphniids
daphnin
daphnomancy
dapifer
dapifers
dapiprazole

Literary usage of Daphne

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1. The history of the decline and fall of the Roman empire by Edward Gibbon, Henry Hart Milman (1881)
"The vigorous youth pursued, like Apollo, the object of his desires ; and the blushing maid was warned, by the fate of daphne, to shun the folly of ..."

2. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Samuel Johnson (1810)
"daphne. Poor Dor» ! dry thy weeping eyes ¡ Dost thou repent thou once wert ... [Apollo strikes his lyre, and daphne turns back as surprised at the sound. ..."

3. Nature by Norman Lockyer, Nature Publishing Group (1875)
"As is evident from the * I have not yet succeeded in actually obs ;rving the fertilisation of either of the>e twu species ol daphne. t " On the Two ..."

4. Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings edited by John Denison Champlin, Charles Callahan Perkins (1887)
"daphne closely pursued by Apollo, flies toward her father, the river Peneus ; above, ... daphne was changed into a laurel as Apollo was about to seize her. ..."

5. Ornamental Shrubs of the United States (hardy, Cultivated) by Austin Craig Apgar (1910)
"HYBRID daphne (525) — daphne hybrida. E. Flowers smooth outside or nearly so. ... SWEET daphnedaphne odora. G. Flowers in 5-10-flowered axillary clusters ..."

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