Dryad definition

drīəd, -ăd
A divinity presiding over forests and trees; a wood nymph.
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(class. myth.) Any of the nymphs living in trees; wood nymph.
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(Greek mythology) In Greek myth, a female tree spirit.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dryad
Plural:
dryads

Origin of dryad

  • Middle English Driad from Latin Dryas Dryad- from Greek Druas from drūs tree deru- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French driade (“wood nymph”), from Latin dryas, dryadis (“dryad”), from Ancient Greek δρυάς (druas, “dryad”), from δρῦς (drus, “oak”), from Proto-Indo-European *derew(o)- (“tree, wood”); cf. Proto-Indo-European *dóru.

    From Wiktionary