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Hamadryad

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Hamadryad

Origin: L. Hamadryas, -adis, gr.; together _ oak, tree: cf. F. Hamadryade. See same, and tree.

1. A tree nymph whose life ended with that of the particular tree, usually an oak, which had been her abode.

2. (Science: zoology) a large venomous East indian snake (Orhiophagus bungarus), allied to the cobras.