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Princeton's WordNet

  1. daphne(noun)

    any of several ornamental shrubs with shiny mostly evergreen leaves and clusters of small bell-shaped flowers

  2. Daphne(noun)

    (Greek mythology) a nymph who was transformed into a laurel tree to escape the amorous Apollo


  1. Daphne(ProperNoun)

    A dryad pursued by Apollo, who was turned into a laurel tree by the river god Peneus.

  2. Daphne(ProperNoun)


  3. daphne(Noun)

    Any one of least 50 species of shrub of the Thymelaeaceae family, some of which are grown as ornamentals.

  4. Origin: From the δάφνη.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Daphne(noun)

    a genus of diminutive Shrubs, mostly evergreen, and with fragrant blossoms

  2. Daphne(noun)

    a nymph of Diana, fabled to have been changed into a laurel tree

  3. Origin: [L., a laurel tree, from Gr. da`fnh.]


  1. Daphne

    Daphne is a minor figure in Greek mythology known as a Naiad—a type of female nymph associated with fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of freshwater. There are several versions of the myth, but the general narrative is that because of her beauty, Daphne attracted the attention and ardor of the god Apollo. Apollo pursued her and just before being overtaken, Daphne pleaded to her mother Gaia to be rescued. Gaia then swallowed her in the earth, and subsequently created the laurel tree tree to console Apollo's grief. The laurel is sacred symbol connected to Apollo throughout Greek myth. Pausanias identified Daphne as the daughter of the rivergod Ladon and Ge. In Metamorphoses by Roman poet Ovid, she is identified as the daughter of the rivergod Pineios in Thessaly. At the Pythian Games which were held every four years in Delphi in honour of Apollo, a wreath of laurel gathered from the Vale of Tempe in Thessaly was given as a prize. According to Pausanias the reason for this "simply and solely because the prevailing tradition has it that Apollon fell in love with the daughter of Ladon"

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Daphne

    daf′nē, n. a genus of shrubs or small trees. [Gr.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Daphne

    a nymph chased by Apollo, transformed into a laurel as he attempts to seize her; henceforth sacred to the god.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Daphne

    A plant genus of the family THYMELAEACEAE. They are evergreen shrubs much cultivated in garden borders and rock gardens in mild climates. Members contain mezerein, flavonoids, and COUMARINS such as daphnetin and daphnin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Daphne in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Daphne in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Daphne in a Sentence

  1. Ana Gomes:

    The culture of impunity in Malta ... fosters corruption, organized financial criminality and state capture, and it was that culture that created the conditions for the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

  2. Matthew Caruana Galizia:

    They had an image of her as a witch, someone who was subhuman or nonhuman, they were made to hate her, so, now that they're seeing a human being they just don't know what to do. I think The Daphne Project has succeeded in that objective at least, and also because the journalists are taking up her investigations, that feels like a taste of justice.

  3. Joseph Muscat:

    In the course of her work she made many enemies, whether in organized crime, business, government or among the general public, allegations of organized threats or harassment against Caruana Galizia or Caruana Galizia family are wholly false. My family and I were at the center of Daphne Caruana Galizia's politically motivated attacks, but Paul Caruana Galizia did not respond to her provocations.

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