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dryas

[drahy-uh s] /ˈdraɪ əs/
noun, plural dryas.
1.
any creeping plant belonging to the genus Dryas, of the rose family, having solitary white or yellow flowers, comprising the mountain avens.
Origin
< New Latin, named after species of wood nymphs; see dryad
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