[drahy-uh d, -ad]
- a deity or nymph of the woods.
Origin of dryad
1545–55; extracted from Greek Dryádes, plural of Dryás, derivative of drŷ(s) tree, oak
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Examples from the Web for dryad
It was a dressing-room for a nymph of the woods, for a dryad, for Diana herself.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
He bit his tongue painfully in covering that slip, but Dryad had not seemed to notice it.Once to Every Man
Though—but tell me about the Dryad who was engaged to be married.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
All his life he longed to see the dryad whom he had lost for ever.The Book of Stories for the Storyteller
Fanny E. Coe
Knock at the rough rind of this ilex-tree, and summon forth the Dryad!The Marble Faun, Volume I.
- Greek myth a nymph or divinity of the woods
C14: from Latin Dryas, from Greek Druas, from drus tree
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Word Origin and History for dryad
1550s, from Latin dryas, from Greek dryas (plural dryades) "wood nymph," from drus (genitive dryos) "oak," from PIE *deru- "tree, wood, oak" (see tree (n.)).
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