Pronunciation: (daf'nē), [key]
1. Class. Myth.a nymph who, when pursued by Apollo, was saved by being changed into a laurel tree.
2. (l.c.) Bot.any Eurasian shrub belonging to the genus Daphne, certain species of which, as D. mezereum, are cultivated for their fragrant flowers.
3. a female given name.
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