from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several Eurasian shrubs of the genus Daphne often cultivated for their glossy evergreen foliage and clusters of small, bell-shaped flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of diminutive Shrubs, mostly evergreen, and with fragrant blossoms.
  • n. A nymph of Diana, fabled to have been changed into a laurel tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. in botany, a genus of small erect or trailing shrubs of the natural order Thymeleaceœ, including about 40 species of the temperate regions of Europe and Asia.
  • n. A plant of this genus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several ornamental shrubs with shiny mostly evergreen leaves and clusters of small bell-shaped flowers
  • n. (Greek mythology) a nymph who was transformed into a laurel tree to escape the amorous Apollo


Latin daphnē, laurel, from Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Ancient Greek δάφνη (daphnē, "laurel"). (Wiktionary)



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