dryad

[ drahy-uh d, -ad ]
/ ˈdraɪ əd, -æd /

noun, plural dry·ads, dry·a·des [drahy-uh-deez] /ˈdraɪ əˌdiz/. (often initial capital letter) Classical Mythology.

a deity or nymph of the woods.
Compare hamadryad.

Origin of dryad

1545–55; extracted from Greek Dryádes, plural of Dryás, derivative of drŷ(s) tree, oak

Related forms

dry·ad·ic [drahy-ad-ik] /draɪˈæd ɪk/, adjective
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dryad

/ (ˈdraɪəd, -æd) /

noun plural -ads or -ades (-əˌdiːz)

Greek myth a nymph or divinity of the woods

Derived Forms

dryadic (draɪˈædɪk), adjective

Word Origin for dryad

C14: from Latin Dryas, from Greek Druas, from drus tree
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