Main meanings of daphne in English

: daphne1Daphne2


Pronunciation /ˈdafni/


  • A small, typically evergreen Eurasian shrub with sweet-scented flowers.

    Genus Daphne, family Thymelaeaceae: several species

    ‘Camellias and sweet-smelling daphnes and jasmines often bloom in February in the south.’
    • ‘In front of the large shrubs are winter-blooming daphne and hellebores, ferns, ‘Pia’ dwarf hydrangeas, and a red laceleaf Japanese maple.’
    • ‘Winter daphne blooms in clusters of highly fragrant, light purple flowers in late winter or spring.’
    • ‘Everyone covets winter daphne for its swooningly sweet pink flowers.’
    • ‘In March and April alone, daphne, forsythia, camellias, Japanese quince and lilacs continue in bloom.’
    • ‘The aim of the expedition was to look at rhododendrons in the wild and collect seed of daphne bholoua.’


Late Middle English (denoting the laurel or bay tree): from Greek daphnē, from the name of the nymph Daphne.

Main meanings of Daphne in English

: daphne1Daphne2


Pronunciation /ˈdafni/

proper noun

Greek Mythology
  • A nymph who was turned into a laurel bush to save her from the amorous pursuit of Apollo.