Definitions for hamadryadˌhæm əˈdraɪ əd, -æd; -əˌdiz
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ham•a•dry•adˌhæm əˈdraɪ əd, -æd; -əˌdiz(n.)(pl.)-ads, -a•des
a dryad who was the spirit of a particular tree and lived only as long as the tree.
Category: Reptiles and Amphibians
Ref: king cobra.
Origin of hamadryad:
1350–1400; ME < L, s. of Hamādryas wood nymph < Gk, =hama together with (c. same ) +dryásdryad
the nymph or spirit of a particular tree
hamadryad, king cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, Naja hannah(noun)
large cobra of southeastern Asia and the East Indies; the largest venomous snake; sometimes placed in genus Naja
A wood-nymph who was physically a part of her tree; fell the tree, kill the nymph.
The king cobra.
A kind of baboon, Papio hamadryas, venerated by the ancient Egyptians.
Origin: Hamadryas, from Ἁμαδρυάς, from ἅμα + δρῦς.
a tree nymph whose life ended with that of the particular tree, usually an oak, which had been her abode
a large venomous East Indian snake (Orhiophagus bungarus), allied to the cobras
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a wood-nymph identified with a particular tree that was born with it and that died with it.