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hamadryad


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hamadryad  \Ham"a*dry`ad\,  n.;  pl  E.  {Hamadryads},  L. 
  {Hamadryades}.  [L.  Hamadryas,  -adis,  Gr  ?;  ?  together  +  ? 
  oak,  tree:  cf  F.  hamadryade.  See  {Same},  and  {Tree}.] 
  1.  (Class.  Myth.)  A  tree  nymph  whose  life  ended  with  that  of 
  the  particular  tree,  usually  an  oak,  which  had  been  her 
  abode. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  large  venomous  East  Indian  snake 
  ({Orhiophagus  bungarus}),  allied  to  the  cobras. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hamadryad 
  n  1:  the  nymph  or  spirit  of  a  particular  tree 
  2:  large  cobra  of  southeastern  Asia  and  the  East  Indies;  the 
  largest  venomous  snake;  sometimes  placed  in  genus  Naja 
  [syn:  {king  cobra},  {Ophiophagus  hannan},  {Naja  hannah}] 




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