[drahy-uhd, -ad]
noun, plural dryads, dryades [drahy-uh-deez] . (often initial capital letter) Classical Mythology.
a deity or nymph of the woods.
Compare hamadryad.

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

dryadic [drahy-ad-ik] , adjective
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dryad (ˈdraɪəd, -æd)
n , pl -ads, -ades
Greek myth a nymph or divinity of the woods
[C14: from Latin Dryas, from Greek Druas, from drus tree]

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Word Origin & History

1555, from L. dryas, from Gk. dryas "wood nymph," from drus "oak," from I.E. derew(o)- "tree, wood."
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There is also a sculpture of a dryad and boar in the high street.
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