noun, plural dry·ads, dry·a·des [drahy-uh-deez] /ˈdraɪ əˌdiz/. (often initial capital letter) Classical Mythology.
Origin of dryad
Examples from the Web for dryad
It was a sort of natural lane down which I rushed, whose other end debouched into the Dryad's Glade.
Dryad spun about and threw her head far on one side to scan the whole bare room.Once to Every Man|Larry Evans
From 1868 to 1870 he commanded the “Dryad,” and was engaged in the suppression of the slave trade.
Later, with the sun swinging exactly at meridian, I took my staff and headed down the road, intending for the Dryad's Glade.
There was a reason, then, for the complex, warring nature of the Dryad.
British Dictionary definitions for dryad
noun plural -ads or -ades (-əˌdiːz)
Word Origin for dryad
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.)).