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Druid

[droo-id] /ˈdru ɪd/
noun, (often lowercase)
1.
a member of a pre-Christian religious order among the ancient Celts of Gaul, Britain, and Ireland.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin druidae (plural) < Gaulish; replacing druide < French; compare Old Irish druí (nominative), druid (dative, accusative) wizard
Related forms
druidic, druidical, adjective
non-Druid, noun
nondruidic, adjective
nondruidical, adjective
subdruid, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for druidical

druid

/ˈdruːɪd/
noun (sometimes capital)
1.
a member of an ancient order of priests in Gaul, Britain, and Ireland in the pre-Christian era
2.
a member of any of several modern movements attempting to revive druidism
Derived Forms
druidess (ˈdruːɪdɪs) noun:feminine
druidic, druidical, adjective
druidry, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin druides, of Gaulish origin; compare Old Irish druid wizards
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Word Origin and History for druidical
Druid
1509, from O.Fr. druide, from L. Druidae (pl.), from Gaulish Druides, from O.Celt. *derwijes, representing O.Celt. derwos "true" and *dru- "tree" (especially oak) + *wid- "to know" (cf. vision). Hence, lit., perhaps, "they who know the oak." O.E., too, had the same word for "tree" and "truth" (treow). The Eng. form comes via L., not immediately from Celtic. The O.Ir. form was drui (dat. and acc. druid; pl. druad); Mod.Ir. and Gael. draoi, gen. druadh "magician, sorcerer." Not to be confused with United Ancient Order of Druids, secret benefit society founded in London 1781.
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