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dryad

[ drahy-uhd, -ad ]
/ ˈdraɪ əd, -æd /
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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.
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Origin of dryad

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

OTHER WORDS FROM dryad

dry·ad·ic [drahy-ad-ik], /draɪˈæd ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dryad

dryad
/ (ˈdraɪəd, -æd) /

noun plural -ads or -ades (-əˌdiːz)
Greek myth a nymph or divinity of the woods

Derived forms of dryad

dryadic (draɪˈædɪk), adjective

Word Origin for dryad

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