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[drahy-uh d, -ad]
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noun, plural dry·ads, dry·a·des [drahy-uh-deez] /ˈdraɪ əˌdiz/. (often initial capital letter) Classical Mythology.
  1. a deity or nymph of the woods.
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Origin of dryad

1545–55; extracted from Greek Dryádes, plural of Dryás, derivative of drŷ(s) tree, oak
Related formsdry·ad·ic [drahy-ad-ik] /draɪˈæd ɪk/, adjective
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Related Words for dryad

fairy, spirit, goddess, sprite, naiad, nymphet, sylph, dryad, mermaid

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Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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.

  • Knock at the rough rind of this ilex-tree, and summon forth the Dryad!

    The Marble Faun, Volume I.

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for dryad


noun plural -ads or -ades (-əˌdiːz)
  1. Greek myth a nymph or divinity of the woods
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Derived Formsdryadic (draɪˈædɪk), adjective

Word Origin for dryad

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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