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[drahy-uh s]
noun, plural dry·as.
  1. any creeping plant belonging to the genus Dryas, of the rose family, having solitary white or yellow flowers, comprising the mountain avens.
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Origin of dryas

< New Latin, named after species of wood nymphs; see dryad
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Historical Examples

  • The mountain avens, Dryas octopetala, belongs to the same nat.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3


  • There are only a few kinds of Dryas, shrubby plants, living in cold and arctic regions.

  • He played too the melody of Dionysus and to it Dryas footed the dance of the vintage.

    Essays on the Greek Romances

    Elizabeth Hazelton Haight

  • But Dryas chasing a dog who had stolen some meat rushed out-doors, met Daphnis and brought him home.

    Essays on the Greek Romances

    Elizabeth Hazelton Haight

  • The first signal from the mother, a mellow, solicitous coo-ee transforms them into immovable pebbles or tufts of dryas.