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daphne

noun daph·ne \ˈdaf-nē\

Definition of DAPHNE

:  any of a genus (Daphne) of Eurasian shrubs of the mezereon family with apetalous flowers whose colored calyx resembles a corolla

Origin of DAPHNE

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, laurel, from Greek daphnē
First Known Use: circa 1841

Daphne

noun Daph·ne \ˈdaf-nē\

Definition of DAPHNE

:  a nymph in Greek mythology who is transformed into a laurel tree to escape the pursuing Apollo

Origin of DAPHNE

Latin, from Greek Daphnē
First Known Use: 15th century
Medical Dictionary

daphne

noun daph·ne \ˈdaf-(ˌ)nē\

Medical Definition of DAPHNE

1
capitalized :  a genus of Eurasian shrubs (family Thymelaeaceae) that have often fragrant flowers without petals and that include the mezereon
2
:  a plant of the genus Daphne

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