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 and Etymology of daphne

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, laurel, from Greek daphnē


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 and Etymology of daphne

Latin, from Greek Daphnē


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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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