Daphne

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See also: daphne and Daphnë

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Daphne f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Thymelaeaceae — the daphnes, Old World shrubs with scented flowers and poisonous berries.

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek δάφνη (dáphnē, laurel”, “bay).

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Daphne

  1. (Greek mythology) A dryad pursued by Apollo, who was turned into a laurel tree by the river god Peneus.
    • 1594 William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act II, Scene I :
      Run when you will, the story shall be chang'd; / Apollo flies, and Daphne holds the chase; / The dove pursues the griffin
  2. A female given name.
    • 1989 John Banville: The Book of Evidence: page 7:
      My wife. Daphne. Yes, that was, is, her name. For some reason people have always found it faintly comic. I think it matches very well her damp, dark, myopic beauty.

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