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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.
2. See king cobra.
[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).]
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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]
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ham•a•dry•ad(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.
2. king cobra.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin, s. of Hamādryas wood nymph < Greek, =hama together with (c. same) + dryás dryad]
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a dryad that is the spirit of a particular tree.See also: Mythology
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|Noun||1.||hamadryad - the nymph or spirit of a particular tree|
|2.||hamadryad - 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
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